The Psychology of Effective Management combines basic psychological principles with practical recommendations for building positive and productive manager-employee relations. Each recommendation is based on real-life situations taken from respected scholars in the field, as well as the author’s own professional experiences. With particular attention to the human element of management, the practical advice presented in this book is aimed at helping managers create a positive psychological environment in the workplace and lead their employees into a productive and satisfying professional life. The content is presented in an easy-to-follow format so that any manager can put his or her knowledge immediately into practice. By striking a compelling balance between the science and practice of management, this will be an indispensable resource for managers, administrators, and business owners at all levels as well as students of business and management.
Table of Contents
1. The Significance of Human Factors
2. What We Have in Common and What Makes Us Different
3. Personality Features and Performance
4. What’s Going on in Groups?
5. Management Is Like Conducting an Orchestra
6. Additional Considerations
7. Your Image Is in Your Hands
8. Learn to Control Yourself
Fred Voskoboynikov is an American citizen who emigrated from the former Soviet Union. He completed graduate and post-graduate programs in Social Psychology at Leningrad State University (now St. Petersburg University, Russia). Since immigrating to the United States, he has worked as a manager of construction projects in San Francisco and surrounding areas. He previously worked as an industrial psychologist in a civil engineering firm and taught ergonomics and the psychology of management at Civil Engineering University in Odessa, Ukraine.
'The book provides a unique combination of the psychological concepts in a scholarly and yet user-friendly manner with practical recommendations for immediate use. Along with traditional methods of management the author considers psychological methods based on activity theory. The ingenious humorous illustrations highlight the described material and make it fun to read. The book is essential reading for everyone. Indeed, each of us manages or tries to manage other people's activity up to a certain degree.' – Gregory Bedny, Founder of Systemic-Structural Activity Theory, USA
'An introduction to psychology of management that is systematic and accessible without being pedantic or patronizing. The readers will profit from Voskoboynikov’s lively presentation of the basic scientific thinking on the topic and his sage distillation of its practical implications.' – D. Landa, Politics and Center for Experimental Social Science, New York University, USA