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The Manager's Mentor: Practical Companion & Guide to Managing ... in the Human Services

by Owen Booker
£19.95   paperback  Russell House (2008)

The Manager Aiming to take the mystery out of management, and put mastery in, this book is a plain speaking companion for you to consult with. You will find ideas against which you can compare your practice and understanding, assistance with many of the common knotty issues that managers must deal with, and a background of management truths and knowledge that will contribute to the development of your skills. It is:
for people who ’get things done through people’ more than doing them directly themselves: team leaders, section managers working alongside others, independent managers of separate units or facilities. for people who are passionate, committed and determined about human services, whether in public, voluntary or commercial sectors, including social work, social care, youth work, community work, education, housing, benefits, and health and ’wellbeing’ services.
Managers differ in ability, in as many different ways as there are different people. But competent action by managers is always more assured when the necessary issues are first fully reviewed. And when that review is assisted by good advice, self-confidence grows. That’s what mentoring is about, and with this book you will benefit from a mentor that you can consult with whenever you wish.
While other books and training might be about how to deliver a particular service, or mould a certain type of organisation, or undertake specific tasks, this book is about managing yourself and other people well, so that you can do all of these things - and anything else that might be required -in the best possible way. It may help you achieve a qualification, but it is about getting the job done.
It is a book that can be read through from beginning to end, or be dipped into by choosing the part that seems to best relate to what you want to think about. It is carefully organised and clearly signposted to help you find your way around. It is not heavily referenced or peppered through with sources to bolster credibility, but it does contain a lot of ideas, together with some tools and participation tasks for you to use and engage with. Where helpful, there is guidance for you to do your own further research and reading according to your needs.
This book does not shirk from setting things out as they are, nor does it bamboozle with much ’management speak’. It strives to be a good mentor, and give honest and immediate best advice, in the hope that it will help you be more successful, achieve your hopes more readily, and gain assurance and pleasure in your work.

ISBN 13: 9781905541249 | ISBN 10: 1905541244

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