I had never read any of the dozen or so books in the “Mighty Manager” series before, but if HOW TO BE A GREAT COACH by Marshall Cook is any indication of this series, I will certainly pick up a few others. I was very pleased with this little easy to read book. It’s only 100 pages, but the principles it covers are well laid out, brief and very applicable.

I can certainly see the great value in this book for new team leaders just starting out, or seasoned team leaders that are not having the level of success they are looking for. When your team isn’t performing well, it’s usually not the teams fault, at least not entirely. This book will help struggling team leaders (or coaches) see where they might be on the wrong path of building and leading a strong team and inspiring employees to reach maximum productivity.

Each of the 24 lessons covered are only 2 or 3 pages in length, so this is very easily digestible even for those who don’t appreciate the value of reading or that have the tenacity to stick with it. What I mean is, even non-readers will be able to get through this and will benefit greatly if they will apply its principles.

The essence of the book is really summarized in the very first paragraph of the first lesson. “Your job isn’t to correct mistakes, find fault, or assess blame. Your job is to achieve productivity goals by coaching your staff to peak performance.” After just reading those two sentences, dozens of “managers” come to mind that would benefit greatly from this little book. I’m sure you know a few as well. This coaching theory is further bolstered by the quote on page 51 – “The better the manager you are, the less control you need over your workers”.  

Many managers feel it is necessary to berate employees into submission. As explained in the chapter on controlling your anger, once employees learn that you can’t control your anger, they will tiptoe in your presence, working to avoid making mistakes and evade blame, rather than working to solve problems and produce results.

This little book delivered far more than I ever expected. I would highly recommend this book, particularly to new team leaders or team leaders that are not getting the desired results.

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Monty Rainey is a District Manager with over 14 years in the self storage industry currently overseeing 21 stores in the Austin & San Antonio, TX area. He is also a leadership coach and public speaker. For a free consultation, please contact Monty at 830-743-2139 or visit his website at .

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Public Speaker and District Manager. Mission: To empower and inspire others professionally, personally and spiritually to elevate their lives to a higher level.
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