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1 Minute Wisdom For Managers – Article Summary

Insights from First Break all the Rules – (Review)

Based on mammoth research conducted by the Gallup Organization involving 80,000 managers across different industries, this book explores the challenge of many companies – attaining, keeping and measuring employee satisfaction.

You can now discover how great managers attract, filter, hire, focus, engage and retain their most talented employees!

If YOU are a leader, manager or entrepreneur – This is your biggest business CHALLENGE today –  retaining and inspiring talent and building EFFECTIVE MINDSETS and TEAMWORK.

This means that in order for you to succeed, you have to become a “great” manager / leader and coach!  You must become adept at improving mindsets and thinking skills.

Some Key Ideas from the book “First Break all the rules:

1. The best managers treat each employee as an unique individual

2. The best managers reject conventional wisdom.

3. The best managers know they are on show everyday. They know their people are watching every move they make and they walk their talk

4. The best managers never focus or try to only fix weaknesses; they focus on building people strengths and talents.

5. People Resign from their immediate managers, not the companies they work for.

6. Measuring employee satisfaction, energy, mindsets and engagement is vital information for your stakeholders and investors.

7. The best managers are those that build a work environment and an organisational culture where the employees answer positively to these Gallup Questions:

In order for staff to perform at their best they need certain conditions, contexts, interactions and experiences.

The Gallup created questions can assist you in discovering what may be missing in your workplace.

  1. Do I know what is expected of me at work?
  2. Do I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work right?
  3. At work, do I have the opportunity to do what I do best everyday?
  4. In the last 7 days, have I received recognition or praise for doing good work?
  5. Does my supervisor or someone at work seem to care about me as a person?
  6. Is there someone at work who encourages my development?
  7. At work, do my opinions seem to count?
  8. Does the mission/purpose of my company make me feel my job is important?
  9. Are my co-workers committed to doing quality work?
  10. Do I have a best friend at work?
  11. In the last six months, has someone at work talked to me about my progress?
  12. This last year, have I had the opportunity at work to learn and grow?

The Gallup study showed that those companies that reflected positive responses to the questions profited more, were more productive as business units, retained more employees per year, and satisfied more customers.

Without satisfying an employees basic needs first, a manager can never expect the employee to give stellar performance.

The basic needs are: knowing what is expected of the employee at work, giving her the equipment and support to do her work right, and answering her basic questions of self-worth and self-esteem by giving praise for good work and caring about her development as a person.

The great manager mantra is don’t try to put in what was left out; instead draw out what was left in.

You must hire for talent, and hone that talent into outstanding performance by enhancing their thinking skills and resilience and growth Mindset creation.


More wisdom in a nutshell from First, Break All the Rules Review:

1. Know what can be taught, and what requires a natural talent. What mindset shifts are required

2. Set the right outcomes, not steps. Standardize the end but not the means. As long as the means are within the companys legal boundaries and industry standards,

1. Let the employee use his own style to deliver the result or outcome you want.

2. Motivate by focusing on strengths, not weaknesses.

3. Casting is important, if an employee is not performing at excellence, maybe she is not cast in the right role.

4. Every role is noble, respect it enough to hire for talent to match.

5. A manager must excel in the art of the interview. See if the candidates recurring patterns of behavior match the role he is to fulfill. Ask open-ended questions and let him talk. Listen for specifics.

6. Find ways to measure, count and reward outcomes.

7. Spend time with your best people. Give constant feedback. If you cant spend an hour every quarter (or more) talking to an employee, then you shouldn’t be a manager.

8. There are many ways of alleviating a problem or non-talent. Devise a support system,  find a complementary partner for them, or an alternative role.

9. Do not promote someone until he reaches his level of incompetence; simply offer bigger rewards within the same range of his work. It is better to have an excellent highly paid waitress or bartender on your team than promote him or her to a poor starting-level bar manager.

10. Some homework to do: Study the best managers in the company and revise training to incorporate what they know. Send your talented people to learn new skills or knowledge.

11. Change recruiting practices to hire for talent, revise employee job descriptions and qualifications.

If you can begin to build awareness and an understanding of what talented and valuable employees value, need and want – then you can begin to retain your most talented assists.

Authors Regine P. Azurin and Yvette Pantilla

REVOLUTIONARY WORKPLACE High Performance System for People, Teams, Leadership and Culture


Tony Dovale – is an Expert Author Mindset Speaker, Coach, Consultant and Facilitator who transform mindsets and high performance workplace Team Building Results….fast!




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