Back in the day when bookstores were commonplace you could usually find a shelf labeled “Staff Favorites”.  This new feature of the maaps news bulletin is something like that!  The members of the Taskforce will periodically offer books or articles that they and their colleagues have found helpful in their work.  Here are the first two which focus on supervisory skills:

The Super Supervisor Paperback, June, 1986 (Recommended by Jeff Hirsch)

By Mildred Ramsey

“Winning the hearts and minds of your workers and other’s in your world”

The Super Supervisor Book, with over 200,000 users has become required reading for all supervisors in many of the top companies. By teaching how to win the hearts and minds of their workers, Super Supervisors know how to tap the full potential of their employees.

An ordinary supervisor is a boss. A Super Supervisor is a leader. People avoid bosses, they follow leaders.

Customer review:

“This is an excellent book for new and old supervisors. It was referred to me by a friend who loaned the book to me. I enjoyed it and learned so much from it that I bought one for each of my mid-level managers at my job (a total of eight people). It gives good, short, home-hitting examples of what people want from their supervisors. Little examples that pack a big punch! And when you begin to apply what you learn from this book, it really makes you feel good about being a manager and about your people…it helps you to see your employees in a different light. A must read to be a successful manager of people”.

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The Carrot Principle: How the Best Managers Use Recognition to Engage Their People, Retain Talent, and Accelerate Performance [Updated & Revised] Hardcover – April 7, 2009 (Recommended by Jeff Hirsch)

By Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton

Stick Management is out. Carrot management is in! The Carrot Principle offers proven strategies to help recognize and motivate your valued employees. Since its original publication in 2007, the New York Times bestseller The Carrot Principle has received rave reviews in The Wall Street JournalFortune, and The New York Times, and has helped a host of managers to energize their teams, and companies to dramatically boost their business results. The book was even adopted by the prestigious FranklinCovey International training and consulting group for its leadership training. This updated edition couldn’t come at a better time, as the economic downturn requires us all to come up with creative and cost-effective ways to stimulate growth and productivity.

Customer review:

“I read an interesting book on the weekend called, The Carrot Principle -” How the Best Mangers Use Recognition to Engage Their People, Retain Talent, and Accelerate Performance by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton. Clearly this is a title that would attract anyone who is trying to lead a company. The gist of the message is covered in the title which is appropriate rewards motivate people. One thing that I like about the book is it talks about goal setting, communication trust and accountability, and the use of carrots as an accelerator to make all this work faster and easier. The book has a multitude of statistics and studies which of course adds to the credibility”.

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