I have been commissioned to write short eBooks by two of my publishers.

These two series are very different in character, but they are both available only in eBook format.

The Quick Tips for Managers series is based on the blogs I write for the Management Pocketblog, and collates around thirty of those blogs.

The Business Express series is an extensive series published by Pearson, of which I have written five to date.


Quick Tips for Managers Book 1 - Personal Skills

Quick Tips for Managers

Book 1: Personal Skills

Get off to a flying start as a new manager, with the help of this time-saving ebook. You can read each chapter in five minutes (ideal for reading in your coffee break or on the train) yet the tips you’ll pick up can benefit you throughout your whole career.

The short chapters are free-standing so that you can dip into your chosen topic as the need arises. Topics include: assertiveness, career development, decision making, handling difficult conversations, interviewing (and being interviewed), learning, listening, managing meetings, negotiating, NLP, organising yourself, persuading, presenting, rapport, report writing, self-confidence, stress management, time management and transactional analysis. Each comes with an exercise to help you put your newly-gained know-how into action straight away.

Now you don’t need to search through numerous lengthy management books trying to unearth the gems that will actually be of use in your everyday work – Mike Clayton has done that hard work for you, distilling some of the most helpful business models and presenting you with the essence: clear, succinct summaries of the techniques that will serve you best. 

Quick Tips For Managers will be helpful to experienced managers too, as a concise refresher.

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Business Express - Managing Upwards Successfully

Business Express

Managing Upwards

If you need to be in the know in no time at all, Business Express will get you from beginner to brilliant in the blink of an eye.

Managing upwards is about managing your relationship with your boss, to create the best results for both of you.  The secret to successful upwards management is building a good relationship, creating an atmosphere of mutual respect, and communicating well.  Here you will learn what you need to understand and do to achieve this.

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Business Express - Managing your Time Productively

Business Express

Managing your Time Productively

If you need to be in the know in no time at all, Business Express will get you from beginner to brilliant in the blink of an eye.

Plan how you will use your time, starting from the outcomes you want and thus the jobs you need to do, and then estimate how long they will take and schedule them in.  Deal with interruptions using one or more of the five strategies.  If you get into trouble with lack of focus, a big backlog of stuff, a feeling of being overwhelmed, or even genuine overload; don’t worry: there is a way to handle it.

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Business Express - Managing your Time Productively

Business Express

Persuasive Communication

If you need to be in the know in no time at all, Business Express will get you from beginner to brilliant in the blink of an eye.

To be most persuasive, you must have authority, make a strong case, and appeal to the emotions and values of your audience.  First engage them, and then deliver your argument clearly, simply, and in an easy-to-follow way.  Use some of the tricks available to you: psychology, sound-bytes, and visual aids.

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Business Express - Developing your Influencing Skills

Business Express

Developing your Influencing Skills

If you need to be in the know in no time at all, Business Express will get you from beginner to brilliant in the blink of an eye.

People will listen to you if they trust you, if they think what you are saying is valuable and interesting, and if what you say moves them.  This means working on how you present yourself, continually finding new and interesting ideas, and developing your skills in speaking in a compelling, persuasive and powerful way.  And when you have done all of that, you can polish it all up, by applying some simple yet powerful psychology to presenting what you say in a way that resonates with what your audience wants.

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Business Express - Delegating Effectively

Business Express

Delegating Effectively

If you need to be in the know in no time at all, Business Express will get you from beginner to brilliant in the blink of an eye.

Delegation is one of the most important management and leadership tools you have.  Done well, you will be able to get more done, develop your people, and enhance your career.  By using the processes, tools and guidance in this eBook, you can become a master of effective delegation.

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Establish Yourself as a Leader

Business Express

Establish yourself as a  Leader

If you need to be in the know in no time at all, Business Express will get you from beginner to brilliant in the blink of an eye.

Your first days in leadership are your best opportunity to make a positive impact and establish your credibility to lead. Fail and you will be playing catch-up on your leadership while also trying to lead. By the end of this ebook, you will be able to establish yourself from Day 1.

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How to Be a Great Leader

Business Express

How to be a Great Leader

If you need to be in the know in no time at all, Business Express will get you from beginner to brilliant in the blink of an eye.

If you have started reading this eBook, it is probably because you need to lead. And you need to do it now, so you don’t have the time for a whole lot of theory and models. You need the essentials and you need them quickly. By the end of this ebook, you will be able to identify and apply the five essential principles of leadership, and you will be ready to lead.

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Set Your Leadership Priorities

Business Express

Set your Leadership Priorities

If you need to be in the know in no time at all, Business Express will get you from beginner to brilliant in the blink of an eye.

In a leadership role, there is much to do. But what are your most important priorities, and when? By the end of this ebook, you will be able to select the right things to focus on for in leading your team, and implement them with simple, effective actions.

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