Hard-Won Wisdom

True Stories from the Management Trenches

 Hard-Won Wisdom

Author: Jathan Janove
Pub Date: November 2016
Print Edition: $17.95
Print ISBN: 9780814437773
Page Count: 240
Format: Paper or Softback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814437803

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Overview

They did what?! Workplace war stories you can learn from.

From dealing with underperformers to fighting off lawsuits, employee problems are the bane of a manager’s existence. So what do most do? Ignore them!

And that’s a recipe for more problems. Written by a seasoned HR expert and employment attorney, Hard-Won Wisdom takes you inside the messy reality of situations gone wrong, including:

• A joking comment taken as a command

• An email exchange that escalates ridiculously out of control

• A request for confidentiality that backfires in a big way

• The right employee…fired the wrong way

• The wrong employee…hired the right way

These sometimes funny, always cautionary tales reinforce crucial lessons for managers. From failing to give feedback and withholding key information to exercising poor judgment and making faulty assumptions, every story highlights the role management plays in exacerbating (or easing) trouble.

And each story suggests simple strategies to turn the situation around. The memorable lessons help managers motivate underachievers, defuse angry employees, discipline without inviting legal action—and handle every tricky-people issue they simply can’t avoid.

About the Author

JATHAN JANOVE, J.D. is principal of Janove Organization Solutions. A contributor to HR Magazine and a popular management blogger, he has 25 years’ experience litigating workplace relationships and is author of Managing to Stay Out of Court.

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