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Book Review: Moxie For Managers:The Secret To Evolving From Manager To Leader by Ann Tardy

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Moxie For Managers: The Secret To Evolving From Manager To Leader by Ann Tardy is about motivating people to become the best they can become. People with the Moxie mindset are enthused, resourceful, innovative and resilient in the face of adversity. And so, a successful work product is something that employees create, earn, generate, re-generate and sustain over time. As a middle management person, your job is to influence intrinsic motivation in a positive way.

There are 10 Influencing Tenets that constitute the boundaries for you to influence or motivate others to action. For instance, we need meaning in life. Most of us would like to make a positive difference. Everyone wants to be a winner. Most people crave control and a feeling of self worth. Perhaps more importantly, most people fear rejection.

Mayo identified through experimentation at least six ageless factors that influence intrinsic motivation. These factors include purpose, making a contribution, control and flexibility, the constructive use of talents, supportive colleagues, and appreciation for a job well done.

Moxie for Managers addresses ways of improving communication in an organization. These ways include an empathetic approach, listening intently, speaking to be understood, setting realistic expectations, providing quality feedback and suspending judgment until a clearer picture emerges.

Napoleon Hill introduced the concept of a Mastermind Group in Think and Grow Rich. He surmised that two people working toward a common goal will create a third force which is invisible and intangible — a third mind. And so, the brainpower of two or more people working together concurrently is synergistically more powerful than the sum of the constituent parts working separately and perhaps in sum zero competition.

Sometimes, people wittingly or unwittingly sabotage efforts or commitments for a whole variety of reasons both conscious and unconscious. Moxie for Managers provides ways to unravel sabotage in any project or undertaking. These ways include refocusing on the goal, celebrating effort, advocating for discovery over proficiency, mitigating risks, deconstructing road blocks, leveraging mentoring and piloting or modeling.

Mentoring is the way collective institutional knowledge is exchanged among people. Sometimes, the information communicated isn’t written down anywhere. With mentoring, your own employees are developing each other. Life doesn’t
get any simpler than that for enhancing employee knowledge and perspective.

In business, there are transactional relationships and transformational relationships. A transactional relationship is as simple as processing a customer order.  A transformational relationship is an alteration, a change or shift or new adaptation. In your interactions with others, your approach could be purely transactional or it can be transformational, i.e., how best can I support you in growing your business?

Moxie for Managers is a bold exploration into new and inventive approaches toward motivating people, enhancing ideas, promoting products, and engaging customers. The presentation is easy to read, understand, and apply.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.