The Management Models Pocketbook

A pocketful of models with eye-catching tips: a great resource for trainers and a ready-reference for managers

Mike Clayton

“If I wanted to know about the essence of leadership or motivational theory, or even just how to communicate more effectively, this is the book I would turn to.”

Adam Wynyard, Ministry of Justice, Justice Academy


Ten of the best management models – some may be familiar: some may be less so.

Each one is presented clearly and concisely, as described by its originator, with a critical commentary and practical tips.

This is a great resource for managers and trainers alike

“With so many daily challenges faced by managers, this book is a great way to refresh and enthuse yourself with some great management model thinking – a pocket-sized gem for managers.”

Perry Timms, Head of Organisational Development, Big Lottery Fund


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The book is divided into four sections.
It contains ten chapters, each covering an important and practical management model:

There is a foreword by Dr Peter Honey.

Leading People at Work

1. Leadership Continuum

2. Action Centred Leadership

3. Group Development: Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing

Motivating People at Work

4. Expectancy Theory

5. Motivational Needs

Understanding People at Work

6. Transactional Analysis

7. NLP Model of Communication

8. Power Bases

Being Effective at Work

9. Urgent versus Important

10. OODA Loop

From Adam Wynyard
Justice Academy lead at Ministry of Justice

“If I wanted to know about the essence of leadership or motivational theory,
or even just how to communicate more effectively, this is the book I would turn to.”

From Perry Timms
Head of Talent and Organisational Development at Big Lottery Fund

“With so many daily challenges faced by managers, this book is a great way to
refresh and enthuse yourself with some great management model thinking
– a pocket-sized gem for managers.”

From Cryss Mennaceur
Head of Organisational Development at London Borough of Sutton

“Invaluable both as a foundation to the subject and as a quick refresher for more seasoned managers and leaders”

From Nick Alcock
Corporate Learning & Organisation Development Manager at Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

“Quick guide to core management models and their potential application. Especially like the way the author places them in their original context, provides opinion and additional links should you want to do more reading.

Have used the pocketbook to refresh and update my learning, used them as part of a taught programme and sent them to colleagues who want a gentle introduction.” 

From Keith Merrin
Director of Kent Trainers Limited

“This is brilliant book for anyone in business who regularly refers to management models. the author has clearly and simply explained the models and how they apply to everyday business. A must for every training professional.”

From Sally Bett
Amazon.co.uk Review *****

“I’ve often thought that an easy way to make my million is to think of 3 words and put them in concentric circles, 4 words and put them in a matrix, or 5 rhyming words and call them a ‘life-cycle’! But this book puts management models into context and shows how they can relate to managing people and difficult decisions in your everyday working life. Even though some of these models are ‘old favourites’ Mike Clayton gives a different, more thought-provoking interpretation on them and summarises without the waffle!” 

From Jason Donaghy
Amazon.co.uk Review *****

“I have read 10 of articles on Transactional Analysis and none come close to this for brevity, clarity and applicability.” 

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