I may not have had much post-college real world work experience, but I can totally relate to this book. Hamblin really hits the nail on the head. How you function in the day to day workplace is a reflection of your superiors, and their attitudes. If you are in a management position, the way your employees conduct themselves and their productivity levels all are a reflection of you as a manager. And we’ve all heard it said before “Attitude reflects Leadership” or your mother say to you “You represent this family…” or a superior at work say “Your actions outside the office reflect the office…” And if you never really quite understood that philosophy before, you need to read this book.
There are no surprises with the way Hamblin writes. He is brutally honest, and uses his own personal management experiences to explain how important a manager’s attitude can make or break an office environment. By leading by example, and taking the time to really get to know your employees’ likes/dislikes/motivations/job duties, you are improving the quality of life within your office atmosphere. If you want to know what you are doing wrong or how things can be improved, odds are, if you ask your staff, they’ll tell you! However, you cannot hide in your office all the time, and when you need something from your staff, pop out of your office. No, Hamblin recommends getting to know your people. Take the time to invest in your attitude, and your leadership will bring you far.
As a young professional, I am always looking to improve my professional skill set. Even if I am an intern position, or a high management position, this book hits home. I always believed “you lead by example” however, Hamblin takes that saying even further. When managers/superiors/supervisors take the time to invest in their attitude and in their employees, the workplace will be not just “work.” After all, don’t we know if you love what you do, you won’t work a day in your life?!
I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.