The Early Reviewers…

John Coné on –
Management Areas of Performance

One of the great strengths of the book is that it is NOT about competencies. You
make an outstanding point that there is more to the job than just possessing (or
even exhibiting) competencies.

I really liked the book. Now, I have to be honest with you – it surprised me that I
did. I have never been a fan of “workbook” type books that require me to do a
lot of introspection and homework. Maybe that’s because I’m lazy, or maybe
because they require me to accept the models in the book as I go along rather
than deciding after I have read it all how well they will apply to my world. Whatever
the case, when I saw how your book was organized, I figured I wouldn’t like
the format and then I’d have to figure out how to tell you that.

But it didn’t happen that way.

I think it is because of the way the book is organized, and perhaps also because
you keep things relatively simple. You don’t ask me to buy into a complicated
and unusual model; but one that is pretty straightforward and logical.

I also think that using the technique of directing people to the chapters that apply to them
the most (as you do in Chapters 4 and 18, for example) prevents us from having
to slog through work that we are not sure goes to the heart of our concerns.
That is a brilliant move, and I wish more authors used the approach.
Thanks for the chapter summaries. They keep the reader on track and tell us
what you as the author think are the key points of each chapter. The intros also
do a great job of keeping us oriented.

The book reads easily and is very clear and concise.


The book is available as a free PDF at

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