Managing For Success: Practical Advice For Managers by Steven R. Smith


In this self-help guide for managers, author Steven R. Smith, R.PH, M.S., equips the reader with practical advice for successful managing in any industry.

Statistics show that 40% of new managers fail, while many of the remaining 60% are performing below expectations, mainly due to lack of training and proper understanding of managerial obligations.

Based on 42 years of experience, Smith explores the proven ideas and techniques that he has used to achieve successful management. Each chapter looks at the different responsibilities and aspects of management, from the hiring and training process, to goal-setting and planning, to creating a more positive workplace environment. He also discusses time management including common time wasters,  managing the work environment, motivational factors for employees, and exactly what a manager should and should not delegate.

Through the intentional avoidance of excessive information and anecdotes that are so common in modern self-help books, Smith has managed to create a slim book that is light, handy, and best of all practical. The information he provides is well laid out and simple to understand, making for a quick yet extremely informative read. Broken down neatly into each aspect of managing, Smith ends each chapter with bulleted “takeaway” summaries to help simplify the process. He also includes tips to help with difficult decision making, as well as covering the dreaded performance review.

Managing for Success is filled with useful information without any unnecessary bulk, as Smith has managed to boil down the most important techniques and ideas into one great book. If you are new to managing, or simply want to improve upon your current managing skills, I highly recommend you read this book!

Rating: 4 stars

I have received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

About the author:

Steven R. Smith, R.PH, M.S., was raised in Nelson, a small Wisconsin town near the Mississippi River. He attended high school in Alma, Wisconsin, graduated in 1961 in a class of only 37, and went on to earn a B.S. in pharmacy and an M.S. in pharmacy administration, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Smith started his career in 1968 as a marketing research analyst at the Upjohn Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and then held positions as market analyst, product manager and new products manager at Ross Laboratories and Abbott Laboratories.

Smith held his first managerial position in 1978, when he was hired to establish a marketing research department at American Critical Care, a small cardiovascular drug company in the Chicago area. Subsequently, Smith held licensing positions at American Critical Care, G.D. Searle, and Fujisawa Healthcare. He also taught marketing and management classes.

More recently Smith served as vice president of business development at Miles Laboratories in Elkart, Indiana, and Dow Pharmaceutical Sciences in Petaluma, California. He is now retired and lives in Petaluma with Judy, his wife of 45 years.

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