the For Dummies store at amazon.com
I must admit it, I love the "For Dummies" books. I was put
off the dumb title for a long time - who wants to admit being a dummy?
Then I bought "Managing for Dummies" and I discovered that,
although the title may be dumb, the book is not.
Basically the book is worth a bookshelf worth of management manuals,
presenting the information in a clear, concise manner - but without
If you will read only one book on management, you could easily just
read this one.
So, if you are either a busy manager who needs to refresh his/her
skills or just an aspiring manager who wants to learn how to get there,
that's just the book you need.
Managing For Dummies is a down-to-earth, hands-on guide for
effectively managing people and projects in the '90s and beyond. Includes
tips and techniques on how to set goals and objectives, how to measure and
monitor an employee's performance, how to establish a team environment,
and more. Line drawings & cartoons.
publisher, IDG Books
Whether you've been a manager for years, or you were just recently
promoted, the world of management can be frustrating, confusing, and
intimidating. Don't stress! With Managing For Dummies™ by your
side, you'll have the tools you need to effectively manage people,
projects, and teams in today's fast-paced world.
Inside, you'll discover how to:
- Utilize basic management principles and the latest cutting-edge
- Get organized and prioritize your time
- Delegate tasks and projects for efficiency
- Hire, inspire, and coach your employees to perform better
- Measure and monitor employee performance, establish a team
environment, and deal with change
- Keep your employees motivated through recognition and rewards (not
always with money)
- Achieve results by setting attainable goals and objectives
- Forecast, plan, and budget with confidence
- Develop your employees through training and mentoring
- Use technology to keep in touch with changing management trends
- Communicate, communicate, communicate!
Management for Dummies
||Right after Managing for Dummies, you need Time
Management for Dummies. Actually, some of the subject matter is
covered in Managing for Dummies, but this book goes into more practical
If you are successful and become a manager (or a better manager, if you
are one already), you may be able to afford the time to read and, why not,
buy some of the objects described in Art
Plans For Dummies
||Well, who said that running a business is fun?
But it does not need, necessarily, to be a pain the neck. I promised to
help a friend write a business plan - but I had never done it before. Business
Plans For Dummies was a good choice - it gave me an understanding of
the whole process, then a step by step guide.
The result? Ask my friend - it's his business, not mine.
This fun and easy reference for entrepreneurs, managers, executives,
and small business owners covers all the components needed to develop a
successful business plan--from creating a mission statement to developing
goals and objectives to executing and managing the plan.
||If you read Dilbert or Fast Company, you will
have a negative view of the consulting business. But if this is the line
of business you are in - you can do with help.
Bob Nelson and Peter Economy (co-authors of Managing
for Dummies), management and business consultants, know the business
Besides the obvious subjects which will help you get started, you will
find chapters like "Image, Reputation and Ethics", "Manage
Your Time and get Organized", "Communicate, Communicate,
I am not a consultant, but I deal with quite a few. They are not
(quite) as bad as Dilbert claims.
From the authors of the bestselling Managing For Dummies comes a handy
guide which shows anyone how to turn business expertise into a profitable
and rewarding consulting career. Nelson and Economy identify the key
skills needed by consultants and give advice on how to get the best
results for clients. Handy checklists outline the consulting process from
diagnosis to collecting data analysis to giving quality feedback.
The author, Peter Economy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
, July 6, 1997
"Refreshingly irreverent and lucidly written..."
In his endorsement of Consulting For Dummies, James H. Kennedy -- the
father of modern consulting -- had this to say: "Refreshingly
irreverent and lucidly written...go for it whether you're a wannabe or an
old pro!" When Bob Nelson and I wrote this book, we started with the
idea that <anyone> can be a consultant. Everyone has a skill or
talent that can be turned into a fun (and lucrative) part-time or even
full-time career. You can be your own boss and write your own paycheck.
You simply have to believe in yourself -- and apply the skills that we
describe in our book. Consulting is one of the fastest growing and most
lucrative professions today. Whether the reason is corporate downsizing,
uncertain employment futures, or a desire to run their own companies,
millions of people are now making a living as consultants. Whether you're
new to consulting, or you're a seasoned veteran, Consulting For Dummies is
loaded with tips for building client lists, making presentations,
obtaining referrals, developing a marketing strategy, running your
consulting business, and much, much more. Without a doubt, Consulting For
Dummies is the most comprehensive guide to consulting on the market today!
Bob and I really enjoyed writing Consulting For Dummies. We hope you enjoy
reading it just as much
||Well, what does this book have to do with business?
Not much - unless you are in the art business.
But I believe that, if it's important to make a buck, what are you
going to do with all that money, once you've taken care of the bills?
Well, you may not be able to buy a Dührer or a Picasso, but you may
learn how to enjoy one.
This book is smart, although somewhat short on the illustration side
(but it would take a colossal volume to show, in full colour, all the
objects of art Thomas Hoving, former director of the Metropolitan Museum
of Art, speaks about). Well, get off your couch and go see them in person,
or search the internet, if you can't go.
This inspirational guide offers down-to-earth advice for measuring
success in all areas--at home, work, in relationships, and more. Popular
motivational speaker and author Zig Ziglar tells readers how to take a
personal inventory of their accomplishments and determine their next set
of goals. Readers benefit from simple, practical tips on improving their
lives and feeling great. Cartoon illustrations.
My opinion: Well, I find this book hard to swallow. I
am not saying that the author is wrong - I just don't like the
inspirational bit - it's overdone as far as I am concerned.
But if you like preachers, you will just love it. For fairness' sake,
here is the author's comment:
The author, Zig Ziglar , June 9, 1998
This book will bring balance into your lilfe.
Success For Dummies is a quick reference guide that covers all the
bases for balanced success. It helps you identify exactly what you want in
life, provides a plan of action to get there, teaches you how to maintain
the right mental attitude, and how to build winning relationships. This
book will also help you get more of the things money will buy and all of
the things it won't.
Research conclusively proves that people who get along well with others
are happier and more likely to succeed in their careers. Winning
relationships bring progress and stability in life and help you to be
happier, healthier, more prosperous, and more secure. Because Success For
Dummies is built on principles that the reader can easily incorporate in
everyday life, it will serve as a resource for many years to come. The
things I encourage the reader to do in Success For Dummies are exactly the
same things I have been doing for many years. As a result, I enjoy a
balanced success in my personal, family, and business life.
Complete Idiot's Guide to Project Management
||Well, For Dummies books are great - how about the
I bought The
Complete Idiot's Guide to Project Management, because I have a fair
amount of PM to do, although not necessarily in a formal manner - I just
need to keep track of a lot of projects at the same time, with tight
The presentation is not as good as the For Dummies one - they try, but
it's just too cute. They try too hard, probably.
Beside the cuteness, the book is well written and useful.
The author, Sunny (and Kim) Baker email@example.com , September 29,
Thanks for reading our introduction to PM!
Thanks to all of you for buying this book and for all the comments,
here at Amazon and to us directly via email. The book was indeed intended
as a light-hearted but serious introduction to Project Management. If you
want a serious title with similar information you might want to try
"On Time/On Budget" as well--although it's more expensive and we
think you'll enjoy this title more (for the humor and quotes if nothing
else). After you buy the book, write us directly to tell us what you
think. If you have your own project management stories to add, let us
know--it may help us when the publisher asks us to do an update. And who
knows? You might get mentioned if you want to be.
Regarding the content of the book, we know it can't be everything to
everyone. It is an introduction to project management as a discipline--not
a detailed examination of every issue or technical aspect of the field
(thank heavens--as that might turn everyone off to the important concepts
of PM). There are many good books on project management available through
Amazon--and we're pleased you've made ours a bestseller in the topic area.
We really do care what you think.