Managing to Make a Difference presents a leadership guide for those in the middle. The C-suite has a wealth of resources for leadership guidance, but middle managers face a quandary: often given little guidance on how to excel, they are also under enormous pressure to do a variety of things other than "lead." This book provides much-needed tools and techniques for building a high-performing team—without letting your other duties suffer. Organized around a coherent philosophy and based on solid research, the discussion offers a roadmap to engagement, talent development, and excellence in management. From difficult situations and organizational challenges to everyday motivation and inspiration, these techniques help middle managers achieve the goals of their organization while empowering their workers to achieve their own.
Talent development is probably not your full-time job—yet it drives the engagement that results in high performance. This book shows you how to hit the "sweet spot" of middle management, with a host of tools and strategies to help you help your team shine.
- Motivate, inspire, and lead your team with confidence
- Manage through challenges and overcome obstacles
- Develop key talent and maintain high engagement
- Adopt practical management tools based on substantiated research
Most organizations direct the majority of their development resources to the C-suite, but still expect their mid-level managers to attract, engage, retain, and develop talent; but successfully juggling everyday duties while maintaining team performance and leading around roadblocks leaves little room for management planning. Managing to Make a Difference offers the solution in the form of tools, techniques, and practical strategy for a high performing team.
Keywords: middle management; team leadership; talent development; mid-level management; attracting talent; workplace engagement; team engagement; leadership; management training; leadership training; management tools; people management; leadership techniques; leadership tools; boosting performance; high-performing team; management philosophy; leadership philosophy; management style; leadership style; research-based management; management resources; worker engagement; retaining talent; worker retention; Managing to Make a Difference: How to Engage, Retain, and Develop Talent for Maximum Performance; Larry Sternberg, Business & Management Special Topics