OK, this is going to be just pure bragging. I found out yesterday that the March issue of Harvard Business Review has a quite positive review of Growing Great Employees. Here’s what they said:
More than any other business activity, the management of people gets at fundamental tensions of human life. Business is hard enough without the insecurities of both boss and employee. So it’s refreshing to see a book that delivers current thinking on personnel practice while prodding managers to recognize the tensions. Andersen, a consultant, likens managing people to gardening and puts the art of listening to others — and to oneself — at the heart of each step. She challenges managers to reflect on how much they truly seek the success of their employees separate from the demands of their own egos. This well-illustrated book still has the relentless optimism of most advice books, but managers who read carefully will take a sobering message to heart.
I’m thrilled that the reviewer, John T Landry, picked up on some of the essential points of the book: that it helps managers focus on the fundamental nature of people management, which is about the essentially complicated arena of human interaction; and that listening is at the heart of successfully navigating those interactions.