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The Miracle Manager: Why True Leaders Rarely Make Good Managers
“It should be a mandatory read for those who find themselves leading a cause or managing others.”
President and CEO, Laservalley Technologies
In the business world, we have lost sight of the crucial difference between leadership and management. Throughout history, many influential people have earned the title of “leader”: Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, and Walt Disney, to name a few. Leaders march forward with shining ideas, looking to the future and not caring who follows. In contrast, being an effective manager requires you to efficiently and effectively work through others – to be what Kevin Armstrong calls a “manacoach.”
In The Miracle Manager: Why True Leaders Rarely Make Good Managers, newly released by ForbesBooks, Kevin Armstrong argues that placing true leaders in management positions has become an epidemic that is destroying businesses. His new book proposes a revolutionary new approach to organizational management.
Drawing from his 20+ years of business advisory experience, Kevin shares his proven strategies for implementing management techniques based on revolutionary concepts to create scalable and sustainable cultures of accountability. As he puts it, “Accountability and Politics cannot live in the same room.” The driving concept behind these strategies is the important distinction between great leaders and effective managers.
Through case studies of great leaders and coaches of the past, Kevin presents years of data and experience illustrating why being a stellar ‘player’ does not always equate to being a great ‘coach.’
The value in this book, for managers, business owners and executives is significant but requires looking in the mirror. If you are ready to get past your ego and realize your—and your organization’s—potential, read this book!
“This book is refreshing in that it exposes core issues (rather than symptoms) that prevent companies from overcoming ego and obtaining scalable and sustainable growth where politics cannot survive. With powerful insights like: “Manacoaches know that they can’t change an attitude; they can only create an environment where change is possible through the courage to initiate open and honest dialogue.”; Kevin uncovers the significance of leveraging true leadership, management and individual performance leading to not only business success but personal growth, purpose, achievement and harmony – which there is too little of in the world. The value in this book, for managers, business owners and executives is significant but requires looking in the mirror. If you are ready to get past your ego and realize your, and your organization’s potential, read this book!”
Owner, Bottom Line Procurement
“I’m fortunate to spend more than a hundred days each year working with the leadership teams of entrepreneurial companies. If you read nothing else in Kevin’s book, pay attention to the chapter on vulnerability. In my experience, it’s impossible to be an effective manager if you aren’t willing and able to be transparent and real.”
Visionary, EOS Worldwide, and best-selling author of “Get A Grip: How to Get Everything You Want from Your Entrepreneurial Business”
“Finally, a book that clarified exactly the difference between “Leadership” and “Management”. Well done, well researched, with a ton of examples. Kevin has been able to articulate the differences when others such as Jim Collins and Pat Lencioni who are icons in the field use them as if they were interchangeable. I also loved the quotes from Don Tinney to Daniel Pink to Herb Brooks. Then evidence about professional sports players and coaches is worth the read alone.”
EOS Certified Professional Implementer & Sales Coach, Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area
“This book was really helpful in wrapping my head around the critical role of a manager in my hot yoga studio. It was such a relief to learn about principles that span across all industries and organizations. This book was an easy read, and gave me a few key tools to better manage my staff, inspire independent thinking, and it also hammered home the hugely important concept of accountability.(something I often think about but rarely want to tackle, sound familiar? haha). I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone who is in charge of other people!”
Owner, Moksha Yoga Vancouver Inc.
“Reinforced by solid research data and real-life experiences, Kevin has delivered a clear and concise guideline for anyone who is or wants to be a manacoach. If it weren’t for the people, business would be easy. Discover in this great read the tools that make the people element of business a whole lot easier. Keep it on hand at the office. If you are a business leader, read this book! And ensure your manacoach reads this book. If you are a manacoach, read this book and flourish as a successful manacoach who is getting things done efficiently and effectively through other people.”
President and CEO, TAK Logistics
“This book caused me to rethink some of my long-chariest beliefs. It not only serves as a primer for the uninitiated in this field but as a challenging catalyst for retrospection for the serious student of management and leadership. It should be a mandatory read for those who find themselves leading a cause or managing others.”
President and CEO, Laservalley Technologies
“My MBA degree did not teach me what Kevin Armstrong has to say in this book.”
P. Eng., MBA, President and CEO, A.H. Lundberg Systems