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Supermanager, Bad Friend

Any of you that have been reading this blog on a regular basis should know who Greg Blencoe is.  You will find Greg’s very well thought out comments on just about every post I have had in the last few weeks.  He has been extremely supportive of me and my endeavor here.  He is an extremely bright guy and I am continually amazed at how supportive he is of not just me, but several other bloggers.  I started thinking about that and I felt bad that I was not nearly as supportive of his blog.  I have certainly commented on his blog before, but it had been a while so I went over there and prepared to comment.  The only problem was that there was nothing new for me to comment on.  So I waited.  Several days passed and still nothing new.  Finally while conversing with Greg on Twitter, I asked him when he was going to post something new.  His response was that he had poured his heart and soul into his book over the last fourteen years and that is where all of his creative ideas were.

As I mentioned previously, Greg has been a frequent contributor to this site and as such I think we exchange communications just about every day.  I would consider him a friend.  I was certainly aware that my friend had written a book, The Supermanager, but it had never once occurred to me to buy the book.

I don’t like what most people write.  I have read eight or nine books since starting this blog.  I have not mentioned most of them because quite frankly I did not feel that they were worth mentioning.  These were all books written by authors you would easily recognize, but I still did not feel like they had a whole lot to offer anyone.  You could say that I am a bit of a book snob I guess.

It never occurred to me to buy Greg’s book because it never occurred to me that there would be any chance that I would like it.  Greg is a smart guy, but he is not a professional writer and I don’t even like most professional writers.  After reading his Twitter comment, I realized that I would have to buy the book.  A true friend would buy the book, read it, say a few nice things and then move on with their life.  I felt like a bit of jerk for not having thought about buying the book before last week, but better late than never I guess.

So I go to Amazon to buy the book and I realize that the kindle version costs ninety nine cents.  I felt even worse now.  Even if I had no intention of reading the book, I should have at least paid the dollar and bought it much earlier.  So I paid my dollar and figured I would read the book on the plane while I was traveling last week.

When I read the book I was blown away.  I read it cover to cover.  It was fantastic.  I was inspired.  I immediately started drafting up a training class that would support the book.  I am going to have all of my direct reports read the book and then I will design a number of activities that will drive home each of Greg’s main points.

If you are a manager, then I would highly recommend the book.

Just there is no confusion, Greg did not know I was writing this post nor have I been incentivized in any way to so.  I do have an Amazon affiliate account, so if you click on any of the links in this post and buy the book then I stand to make six cents.  I can assure you that the six cents was not my motivation for recommending this book.


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