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First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently

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In First, Break All the Rules, Gallup presents the remarkable findings of its massive in-depth study of great managers—those who excelled at turning each employee’s talent into performance.

The world’s greatest managers differ in sex, age, and race. They employ different styles and focus on different goals. Despite their differences, great managers share one trait: They break virtually every rule conventional wisdom holds sacred. They don’t believe that, with enough training, a person can achieve anything he sets his mind to. They don’t try to help people overcome their weaknesses. They disregard the golden rule. They even play favorites.

Companies compete to find and keep the best employees using pay, benefits, promotions, and training. But these well-intentioned efforts often miss the mark. The front-line manager is the key to attracting and retaining talented employees. This amazing book explains how the best managers select employees for talent rather than for skills or experience, how they set expectations, how they motivate people, and how they develop people.

Gallup’s research—based on 80,000 managers in 400 companies—produced twelve simple questions that distinguish the strongest departments of a company from the rest. First, Break All the Rules introduces this essential measuring stick and proves the link between employee opinions and productivity, profit, customer satisfaction, and rate of turnover.

About the Author

Marcus Buckingham spent seventeen years at the Gallup Organization, where he conducted research into the world's best leaders, managers, and workplaces. The Gallup research later became the basis for the bestselling books First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Best Managers Do Differently (Simon & Schuster) and Now, Discover Your Strengths (Free Press), both coauthored by Buckingham. Buckingham has been the  subject of in-depth profiles in The New York Times, Fortune, BusinessWeek and Fast Company. He now has his own company, providing strengths-based consulting, training, and e-learning. In 2007 Buckingham founded TMBC to create strengths-based management training solutions for organizations worldwide, and he spreads the strengths message in keynote addresses to over 250,000 people around the globe each year. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Jane and children Jackson and Lilia. For more information visit:

Table of Contents


Introduction: Breaking All the Rules

Chapter 1: The Measuring Stick

A Disaster Off the Scilly Isles

"What do we know to be important but are unable to measure?"

The Measuring Stick

"How can you measure human capital?"

Putting the Twelve to the Test

"Does the measuring stick link to business outcomes?"

A Case in Point

"What do these discoveries mean for one particular company?"

Mountain Climbing

"Why is there an order to the twelve questions?"

Chapter 2: The Wisdom of Great Managers

Words from the Wise

"Whom did Gallup interview?"

What Great Managers Know

"What is the revolutionary insight shared by all great managers?"

What Great Managers Do

"What are the four basic roles of a great manager?"

The Four Keys

"How do great managers play these roles?"

Chapter 3: The First Key: Select for Talent

Talent: How Great Managers Define It

"Why does every role, performed at excellence, require talent?"

The Right Stuff

"Why is talent more important than experience, brainpower, and willpower?"

The Decade of the Brain

"How much of a person can the manager change?"

Skills, Knowledge, and Talents

"What is the difference among the three?"

The World According to Talent

"Which myths can we now dispel?"

Talent: How Great Managers Find It

"Why are great managers so good at selecting for talent?"

A Word from the Coach

"John Wooden, on the importance of talent."

Chapter 4: The Second Key: Define the Right Outcomes

Managing by Remote Control

"Why is it so hard to manage people well?"


"Why do so many managers try to control their people?"

Rules of Thumb

"When and how do great managers rely on steps?"

What Do You Get Paid to Do?

"How do you know if the outcomes are right?"

Chapter 5: The Third Key: Focus on Strengths

Let Them Become More of Who They Already Are

"How do great managers release each person's potential?"

Tales of Transformation

"Why is it so tempting to try to fix people?"

Casting Is Everything

"How do great managers cultivate excellent performance so consistently?"

Manage by Exception

"Why do great managers break the Golden Rule?"

Spend the Most Time with Your Best People

"Why do great managers play favorites?"

How to Manage Around a Weakness

"How do great managers turn a harmful weakness into an irrelevant nontalent?"

Chapter 6: The Fourth Key: Find the Right Fit

The Blind, Breathless Climb

"What's wrong with the old career path?"

One Rung Doesn't Necessarily Lead to Another

"Why do we keep promoting people to their level of incompetence?"

Create Heroes in Every Role

"How to solve the shortage of respect."

Three Stories and a New Career

"What is the force driving the New Career?"

The Art of Tough Love

"How do great managers terminate someone and still keep the relationship intact?"

Chapter 7: Turning the Keys: A Practical Guide

The Art of Interviewing for Talent

"Which are the right questions to ask?"

Performance Management

"How do great managers turn the last three Keys every day, with every employee?"

Keys of Your Own

"Can an employee turn these Keys?"

Master Keys

"What can the company do to create a friendly climate for great managers?"

Gathering Force


APPENDIX A: The Gallup Path to Business Performance

"What is the path to sustained increase in shareholder value?"

APPENDIX B: What the Great Managers Said

"What did great managers say to the three questions quoted in chapter 2?"

APPENDIX C: A Selection of Talents

"Which talents are found most frequently across all roles?"

APPENDIX D: Finding the Twelve Questions

"How did Gallup find the twelve questions?"

APPENDIX E: The Meta-analysis

"What are the details of the meta-analysis?"


Product Details

Buckingham, Marcus and Coffman, Curt
Simon & Schuster
Coffman, Curt
Buckingham, Marcus
Foley, Jeffrey W.
Smith, Perry M.
New York :
Industrial relations
Reference - General
Executive ability
Employee attitude surveys.
Employer attitude surveys.
Management - General
General Business & Economics
Gallup; Gallup Poll; Poll; Manager; Management; Great Manager; Employee; Talent; Success; Performance; Skill; Experience; Expectations; Motivation; Business; Leadership; Business Book; Self-Help; Self-Help Book; Training.
Edition Description:
Publication Date:
January 1999
Grade Level:
from 12
9.25 x 6.12 in 15.715 oz
Age Level:
from 18

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