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“First Break All the Rules” – Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman

Tim Ferriss’ question #1:  What is the book (or books) you’ve given most as a gift, and why? Or what are one to three books that have greatly influenced your life?

When I give books as gifts – usually to my wife and kids – I choose titles that I think they’ll be interested in, not necessarily books that I found interesting and/or educational.

There is one book I’ve read, however, that immediately made an impression on me (I highlighted parts of it, which I never do) and that I refer back to frequently (in spirit and not literally) –   “First Break All the Rules – What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently” by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman.

To summarize the Soundview Executive Book Summary from 2000, Buckingham and Coffman identified four keys to great management:

  1. Select for talent
  2. Define the right outcomes
  3. Focus on strengths
  4. Find the right fit

Writing this has convinced me that I ought to re-read the book.


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