Behind Closed Doors
Written by Johanna Rothman and Esther Derby
Published by The Pragmatic Bookshelf
Management is a goal many people set for themselves. For some it’s a skill set that comes naturally. For other’s though it takes a lot of work. Regardless of which camp you happen to sit in, this book will help you become a more approachable and proficient people’s person (otherwise known as a manager).
I’ve read a couple management books over the years. And most come in a very dry and boring setting. They approach teaching management as if it’s a science. It’s not, and it shouldn’t be written about in such a way. Johanna Rothman and Esther Derby have hit the nail on the head with Behind Closed Doors. The book takes a very relaxed tone and has a story that underlines the first three quarters of the book (the remaining quarter is an indepth take on the various concepts and practices discussed through the book). As you’re reading about Sam, the company’s new manager, you’re taken away from the story and given critical information about various management practices and techniques. It’s the perfect integration of fiction and nonfiction. The story acts as a role play of the concepts being discussed. Yet it’s done in a way engaging enough that you want to read on, even if it’s only to see what happens next.