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Best Practices: Managing People by Barry Silverstein

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Managing People 101

“The task of management is to make people capable of joint performance, to make their strengths effective and their weaknesses irrelevant.”

—Peter Drucker, management guru and author (1909–2005)

Managing people isn’t like managing things or even like managing projects. Each person has unique capabilities and talents, strengths and weaknesses—and feelings. Helping each person achieve his or her individual potential may require different motivational strategies and tactics.

Self-Assessment Quiz

ARE YOU MANAGEMENT MATERIAL?

Read each of the following statements and indicate whether you agree or disagree. Then check your score at the end.

  1. I consider myself a good judge of character. • Agree • Disagree
  2. I trust people to ...

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