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From the Experts at American Management Association, The AMA Guide to Management Development

Management development is a crucial task for every enterprise. And while most organizations are well equipped with great resources for developing their high-level executive talent, what powers strong results and sustained growth in any company is its ability to equip its first-, second-, and third-level managers with the unique competencies and skills they need to help their staffs accomplish important work on a daily basis.

Perhaps better than any other professional training and development organization, the American Management Association THE AMA GUIDE TO MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT by Daniel R. Tobin and Margaret S. Pettingell (AMACOM; May 27, 2008; $34.95 Hardcover) distills into one authoritative volume the “best of the best” in management development.

Developed by leading thinkers and deployed in organizations around the world, the book identifies competencies and skills representing a broad spectrum of key approaches applicable to both typical and unusual business settings. The book considers every factor important in management development, and features in-depth information on topics including:

  • The five major categories of competencies, including business knowledge and the ability to lead and manage change and innovation
  • The specific skills needed, including communication skills and people management skills
  • Alternative methods organizations may use to develop managers, including different types of training and evaluation of learning effectiveness

The book places an emphasis on the idea that training and development must not be left solely to training and development groups, corporate universities, or external consultants. Authors Tobin and Pettingell offer a framework for keeping managers deeply involved in competency development, whereby they will be that much better equipped to ensure the success of any training initiatives the company may undertake.

Presenting the AMA Management Development Competency Model in its entirety—with hundreds of illustrative behaviors spread across nearly four dozen competencies as they apply to positions at four different employee and management levels—the book shows readers how to optimize every aspect of their management development efforts, from screening and hiring to sustained talent management, from individual reporting relationships to formal, company-wide management development initiatives.

Based on years of exhaustive research, extensive field testing, and the analysis of hundreds of competency models, THE AMA GUIDE TO MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT gives readers the guidance they need to make sure that both current and future managers have the abilities their organizations need to prosper.

About the Authors:
Daniel R. Tobin is Vice President of Instructional Design and Development for the American Management Association and has more than 30 years of experience as a corporate training director, consultant, writer, and speaker on corporate learning strategies. Margaret S. Pettingell is an instructional designer with AMA, and previously held positions with Novations Group, Accenture, and Decker Communications.

Authors: Daniel R. Tobin and Margaret S. Pettingell
ISBN: 978-0-8144-0899-5
Pub. Date: May 27, 2008
Price: $34.95
Pages: 320

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AMA is one of the most widely recognized leaders in business training, having provided corporate training solutions for over 95 years. From leadership, communication and managerial training to sales, customer service and analytical skills, AMA has developed a vast array of content and training solutions to help individuals and organizations achieve business results . Each year, AMA delivers thousands of seminars and courses across the United States. With courses offered in a  classroom near you or live online, AMA is a flexible, convenient resource for all of your organization's talent development needs. AMA also offers customized solutions based on your specific talent development requirements.