First Among Equals: How to Manage a Group of Professionals

First Among Equals How to Manage a Group of Professionals Managing people over whom you have no real power is a challenge particularly in professional service firms where increasingly top professionals are being tapped to lead their peers In this guide t

  • Title: First Among Equals: How to Manage a Group of Professionals
  • Author: David H. Maister Patrick J. McKenna
  • ISBN: 9780743225519
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Managing people over whom you have no real power is a challenge, particularly in professional service firms where, increasingly, top professionals are being tapped to lead their peers In this guide, two renowned consultants show professional group managers lacking formal authority how to lead colleagues to peak performance They speak directly to those who have gone fromManaging people over whom you have no real power is a challenge, particularly in professional service firms where, increasingly, top professionals are being tapped to lead their peers In this guide, two renowned consultants show professional group managers lacking formal authority how to lead colleagues to peak performance They speak directly to those who have gone from focusing on their own performance to being a group manager in charge of leading others From understanding the group leader role to setting terms of reference and effectively dealing with talented prima donnas, McKenna and Maister present a thorough introduction to managing and orchestrating talent.

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    1. Gives some practical strategies on how to approach team management even when you don't have any formal role over the team.


    2. I don't manage anyone in my job, but I have a feeling that if I did, I would re-read this book closely and refer to it often.A couple months back, frustrated by some management issues, I picked it up at the career center at work on a whim. I figured I'd flip through it, find the same old trite respect-your-colleagues suggestions, and return it within a day or two. To my surprise, I eventually made my way through the whole thing, a couple chapters at a time while at work. I even took notes on the [...]


    3. I wouldn't take this book as gospel. Apart from the fact that I don't think it is very well-structured (are principles for coaching the individual vs. coaching the team really that different?), and it isn't uncommon to see recurring content going through different chapters, it is written mainly still with a heavy emphasis on top-down management.I sometimes cringe at some suggested phrases the book adds, for example:"I understand that you have been feeling rather burned out lately. I think we all [...]


    4. Initially I struggled to pinpoint why this book seemed so off point and then it dawned on me, the premise of this book is still very much command and control. There's still this idea that professionals have to be coaxed to perform within a project group or team versus pursuing their individual interests. People are still presented as resources to be managed so that their value can be extracted. If you can move past this paradigm, there are salient points that transfer into any environment. Mainl [...]


    5. This book is directed and written for managers of small-mediun professional teams. As I am working in consulting, we are a group of peers who frequently manage projects or got managed by other project managers. Managing professional, independent colleagues is no easy task, you need to know you mandate, their personality types and working behaviours plus many other things that this book discusses. The interesting personality type table I came across in this book shows 4 different personality type [...]


    6. "Probably the single biggest source of failure in making professional groups work is not giving the group leader the time to do the job" (14)."Because professionals jealously guard their autonomy, reserving the right to work as they see fit, professional groups have a greater than average tendency to become ill-disciplined" (137).


    7. A bit boring book. I read it as encyclopedia of questions, each leader should answer. It contains all aspects leading teams, resolving conflicts and managing the performance. It doesn't contain answers, it contain questions which will help to prioritize actions, make them consistent and result-oriented


    8. There is a lot of good info in this book, though I found myself skimming over chunks of it at a time. It's definitely more of a reference type book once you've been through it one time. I'll definitely be going through this with my teams in the future.





    9. Read it once very quickly when I first bought it. One of several / many books in "my cue" that I reference often and continue to plod through.


    10. Good concepts and some material for thought.Checklists and topics for discussion seem to be good.Towards the end the book gets somewhat repetitive.


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