Item description for Getting Results for Dummies. by Mark H. McCormack...
Overview Focusing on the attitudes and habits that promote effectiveness and productivity, McCormack shows readers how to stop sweating the small stuff and start seeing the big pictures.
Publishers Description With each new high-tech gadget that creeps into our lives, the demands on our time and attention only seem to multiply. Staying on top of things was hard enough before cell phones, the Internet and wireless remote devices. Now most of us spend our days in a fever dream of conflicting demands, missed deadlines and lost details. But the situation isn't hopeless. Written by bestselling author and entrepreneur, Mark McCormack, "Getting Results For Dummies" helps you get a grip.
Want to get more done in less time and with less stress--at home and at work? This book can show you how. With Mark as your guide, you'll: Set priorities and stay focusedMaster low-tech organizational toolsGet a grip on email and high-tech toysCut through clutterSay "no" nicely--and mean it Never again have to apologize for missed deadlinesMaximize your most precious resource--time
Using the proven time-management strategies described in this book, you'll accomplish more than you ever thought possible, and have more time for your family and leisure activities. With a minimal investment of time you'll discover how to: Get a handle on overwhelming situationsSet goals and create a workable planBecome mentally organizedGet paperwork under controlMake email and the Internet your friendsCreate storage solutionsOrganize your home and your moneySchedule your time and avoid time banditsMaking your goals contagious and getting others to cooperate
Life is too short to waste it in a fog of anxiety and confusion. Let "Getting Results For Dummies" show you how to get organized and improve every aspect of your quality of life.
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Studio: For Dummies
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 7.75" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Dec 15, 1999
Publisher For Dummies
Series For Dummies
ISBN 0764552058 ISBN13 9780764552052 UPC 785555008717
Availability 0 units.
More About Mark H. McCormack
Mark H. McCormack is the founder and chairman of the world's largest sports marketing organization, International Management Group, which represents many well-known athletes and events.
Reviews - What do customers think about Getting Results for Dummies?
Hits the subject from just about every angle. Jan 11, 2006
I have liked all of the "For Dummies" books I have read, as well as a couple of books and tapes by Mark McCormack. This guy lives and breathes time management. Though dummies books are more like reading a textbook, they can be perused rather quickly. Planning, taking notes, assuming best and worse scenarios, dealing with the person who will make the final decision, etc.. There's a lot a person can do to make things go his/her way--especially when most people are just not willing to take the necessary steps. The author has learned, through the school of hard knock how to get ahead. And he has. This book doesn't miss a beat! I highly recommend it.
Wonderful Resource for Getting the Most out of Each Day Aug 24, 2005
I read the condensed version of this book. I picked it up while waiting on line to buy groceries at the supermarket. If the full version is anything like the condensed version, then I am sure that you cannot go wrong with this book. The title caught my attention. I am sure glad that I bought the book because it really gives you some helpful advice about getting the most out of your day. For example, we all know about writing to do lists. But this book takes that idea a step further and tells you to actually schedule the time that you will be doing the tasks and to schedule the time that you will finish the tasks. I found that just by following this one piece of advice I was able to get more things done from my to do list. That's because work tends to expand if you don't have any idea how long it will take to get something done.
Only Use for Tips Jul 11, 2003
If you've never read any other book on organization, time management, or efficiency, do NOT get this one. The author provides many useful tips, but not a "system."
The tone of the author is unfortunate. I have never read a book where I was so put off by the author. You know how Tom Cruise portrays Jerry McGuire at the beginning of the movie "Jerry McGuire"? That's what the author sounds like. Business is life, money is the bottom line, winning is everything.
The author, Mark McCormack, was the founder of the sports management company on which "Jerry McGuire" was based, so maybe that's where the similarity comes in. Whatever the connection, the tone of the book is that of an obnoxious braggart.
On more than one occasion, Mr. McCormack excuses bad behavior in favor of the results they achieve. The ends always justify the means.
With that said, there are some useful tips if you have already brushed up on time management and organization. If you have not, this should not be your first purchase. I would suggest: "Getting Things Done" by David Allen, "The Organized Executive" by Stephanie Winston, and/or "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey.
mixed Apr 23, 2001
It is hard to argue with Mark McCormack's success. He's built up an almost billion dollar business. I will say that in another book, he said he takes only 3 day vactions. That if he took a 2 week vacation "I'd be so worried about my business at the end of the second week, it wouldn't be worth it." And he promotes working long hard hours. But I know more than one filthy rich self-made man, who are not retired but active in their businesses, who nonetheless do NOT work long hard hours year round, and take as much as a month off straight, while their businesses hum along nicely without them. I would say McCormack is failing in his methods of getting results if he can't at this point take long periods of time off, without worrying about his business. Richard Branson is active in his much larger Virgin empire, but he takes weeks off to go on those balloon expeditions of his. What is he doing right that McCormack isn't?
An example: In the book TIME TRAP (a time-management book I highly recommend) the author sites a salesman who made two goals for the next few years. The goals were to, each year, 1) double his income 2) double his vacation time. (!!) And the salesman succeeded, so that he doubled his income, as well as his vacation time, so that in the third year he had a lot more money, plus 6 weeks in vacation time. THAT'S what I call getting results!!!!
Harvey Mackay in one of his books sites a saleswoman he hired, who told him she worked 20 hours a week at her interview. Mackey told her, "But your resume says you did $2 million in sales at your previous job." She said, "I did. You can phone them and ask." Mackay did so, and they confirmed what she said. Mackay says to the reader, "So I don't care HOW many hours a week she works, with those kind of results."
Maybe it's the nature of a service business (which is what McCormack's management company is): you can't let a factory stamp out widgets while you do something else. You have to keep cracking the whip, or inspiring your subordinate agents, if they are what make-up your company. If that's the case, I'll avoid service businesses.
Take what works & leave the rest Aug 31, 2000
Reading this book is rather like being beaten over the head with a club - for example, he asks (over and over) - Do you have your planing tool at your fingertips 24 hours a day? If not - you are NOT ORGANIZED!!!! Three lashes!
He writes for a different audience than I, one that has In and Out boxes on their desk (I've never seen In or Out boxes on anyone's desk, ever), that needs an introduction to the net and that makes phone calls all day (executives on the East coast maybe).
None the less, if you can handle being beated up by the author, he does have some good suggestions. He suggests planning not only what to do, but when to do it, which is probably the biggest win I'll get from the book. Every day I know my list is too long, but I start at the top & work down. I think that if I figure out when things will happen (even if the time spans are only guesses, since I don't know how long many things will take) it will help me to understand better what I can really accomplish & what I can't and thus, to focus my energy on what I can do.
So I'd say that if you want to make things happen, it's worth reading for the hints that work for you.