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Managing for productivity

For most of this book I have focused on the individual’s productivity, with a word here and there about supervisory duties, delegating tasks, running meetings well, and so on. Over the course of writing this book and in the course of the past year of my career, I have realised that managers have much to do with the productivity of their employees. This should come as no surprise, but what is surprising is how few managers think seriously about how to manage in a way that allows employees to produce their best efforts in the most efficient manner, despite the plethora of books and training courses on the subject. There are two key things managers must realise to truly manage for productivity. First, they must themselves ...

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