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Management Reads for the Administrative Professional

John Purdue @ https://www.amazon.com/

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Overview

Administrative professionals are a vital part of the National Park Service. However, being an administrative professional in the NPS can be difficult at times. Managing government employees presents a unique set of challenges and circumstances. Having the proper resources at hand is crucial.

This suggested reading list is a great place to start. The titles focus on topics ranging from conflict resolution to building relationships. Use these tools to better yourself and the Service.

What you’ll find

Among the two dozen titles in this reading list, you’ll find:

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In

Getting to Yes is a straightforward, universally applicable method for negotiating personal and professional disputes without getting taken — and without getting angry.

Managing Government Employees: How to Motivate Your People, Deal with Difficult Issues, and Achieve Tangible Results

Managing government employees presents unique challenges. Government managers may feel that stringent and convoluted regulations mean they “can’t do that.” Some others may use that perception as a crutch. But the truth for all of them is, yes, they can “do that” — and they’d better.

30 Reasons Employees Hate Their Managers: What Your People May Be Thinking and What You Can Do About It

Do employees hate their managers? Many do, says this research-based book, which describes 30 reasons for employee attitudes ranging from indifference to outright hatred of management.

Reflection

  • What books on the list have you read? How did they help you become a better manager (or coworker)?
  • Are there any other books you would add to this list?

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