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First Among Equals By David H. Maister

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In this guide to managing in professional environments, two consultants show professional group managers lacking formal authority how to lead colleagues to peak performance. It deals with topics such as understanding the group leader role and effectively dealing with prima donnas.

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First Among Equals: How to Manage a Group of Professionals by David H. Maister

Managing people over whom you have no real power is a challenge, particularly in professional service firms where, increasingly, top professionals are being tapped to lead their peers. In this guide, two renowned consultants show professional group managers lacking formal authority how to lead colleagues to peak performance. They speak directly to those who have gone from focusing on their own performance to being a group manager in charge of leading others. From understanding the group leader role to setting terms of reference and effectively dealing with talented prima donnas, McKenna and Maister present a thorough introduction to managing and orchestrating talent.

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Nancy K. Austin

co-author of "A Passion for Excellence"

"First Among Equals" delivers for newcomers and old pros alike. McKenna and Maister -- polished professionals both -- know how to work with enormously talented people, and they write with the kind of reassurance and calm confidence a professional group leader craves. The book's hands-on checklists are flat-out superb.

Regis McKenna

author of "Total Access, Real Time," and "Relationship Marketing"

This book is a unique combination of good business, understanding of people, and applied wisdom.

Jim Shaffer

author of "The Leadership Solution"

This book is truly a fire hose of practical, proven, workable advice and counsel that is intimately sensitive to the very special demands of professionals. It may well become the most dog-eared book in every firm -- and with good reason.

Brian Tracy

author of "Focal Point, Success Is a Journey," and "Maximum Achievement"

This is a fast-moving, practical book, full of proven strategies and techniques that you can use immediately to manage a professional group more effectively. These methods will help you get better results, faster, with your colleagues than you ever imagined.

Ross Dawson

author of "Developing Knowledge-Based Client Relationships: The Future of Professional Services"

This book is invaluable. McKenna and Maister have honed in with laser precision on a desperately important yet vastly under-addressed topic, to provide eminently practical advice and prescriptions for every leader of professional workers.

Jim Kouzes

co-author of "The Leadership Challenge" and "Encouraging the Heart" and Chairman Emeritus, tompeters!company

McKenna and Maister turn the often elusive and obscure concept of leadership into something tangible and accessible. With rich detail and straight talk they offer practical lessons, usable tools, and case examples from the real world. This is advice and counsel you can trust, and every manager of professionals (no, every manager in any setting) should take it to heart.

About David H. Maister

DAVID MAISTER is widely recognised as the premier expert on professional service firm management. Maister is British by birth but has made his success in the US where he founded the highly successful Maister Associates Inc. He is also the author of several books including THE TRUSTED ADVISOR (074320963X), TRUE PROFESSIONALISM (0684866250) and MANAGING THE PROFESSIONAL SERVICE FIRM (0684834316). PATRICK J. MCKENNA is a partner in Edge International, a management consulting firm serving professional service firms around the world.

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First Among Equals: How to Manage a Group of Professionals by David H. Maister
David H. Maister
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Simon & Schuster Ltd
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