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“Do Nothing! How to Stop Overmanaging and Become a Great Leader”

By: J. Keith Murnighan
Pages: 240
Publisher: Portfolio/Penguin
Publication Date: June 2012
Price: $26.95

In an age where we’re all told to do more and more, this author says “fuggedaboutit.” Murnighan wants you to “Do Nothing.”

The author, an award-winning professor at the Kellogg School of Management and consultant for Ernst & Young, says too many managers are too deeply involved, too ingrained in the day-to-day management and are unable to do what they’re supposed to do — to lead.

In “Do Nothing,” he teaches leaders the art of doing more by doing less — by finding those team members who are good at their job and getting out of their way, letting them do what they were hired to do. In doing so, Murnighan says those micromanagers can build a better team, create a better environment that fosters independence and in the end, become the successful manager they themselves long to be.

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