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“Power Tools: A Leader’s
Guide to the Latest Management Thinking”
Power is often defined as “the ability to influence.” Tool can be defined as “an instrument or device used to leverage the knowledge, ability, strength or talent of its user.” In this ambitious piece of writing, author John Nirenberg presents the reader with literally hundreds of ways to leverage their attempts at influencing those you may interact with at work, home, socially or academically. This critical examination of the latest management trends, tools, techniques and buzzwords is impressive in its depth and breadth. It is the kind of reference harried managers and leaders will write in, bookmark, quote to others and—most importantly—use over and over again to encourage, innovate and improve.
Ol’ Bill Shakespeare once said, “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” Nirenberg’s writing requires each reader to think. “Power Tools” synthesizes thousands of citations, abstracts, articles and books. The author has saved us a lot of work. However, the tools and techniques presented cannot be put to good use without thinking. The greatest service Nirenberg performs in “Power Tools” is to continuously make that pitch—for managers to think.
Power Post: Write This On The Wall of the Executive Washroom: “Further, the [management] wisdom can be distilled to a rock-bottom declaration that it is all about authentic communications, strong positive relationships and a character of high integrity.”
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Full of charts, graphs, tables and all kinds of organizational, group/team and individual assessments, “Power Tools” is a helpful, engaging and badly needed addition to the desktop library of today’s busiest managers and leaders. This is the highest rating I have yet given to a book I have reviewed. John Nirenberg’s “Power Tools” earned every star.
John Nirenberg, 1997, Prentice Hall, Singapore, ISBN 0-13-745845-2, 465 pages, Price N/A.
Reviewed by CWO4 Jerry Linnins Chief, Performance Improvement Schools U.S. Coast Guard Training Center, Petaluma, Calif.