Please Don’t Just Do What I Tell You! (Book Review)

By: Bob Nelson (2001)

ISBN 0-7868-6729-9

Book Price: $24.95

Management training and consulting

Bob Nelson, Ph.D., is the president of Nelson Motivation, Inc., a management training and consulting company. He has written numerous books on management and business skills, including the bestselling 1001 Ways series (1001 Ways to Reward Employees, 1001 Ways to Energize Employees, & 1001 Ways to Take Initiative at Work).

Address what needs to be done at work

In five parts Bob Nelson reveals what employees can do to address what needs to be done at work. He covers, thinking how things could be improved, turn needs into opportunities, develop options and a plan of action, don’t play games at work (Pt. 3); overcome fear, frustration, and failure (Pt. 4); realize your potential (Pt. 5), and more.

Doing more than just enough brings favor

Bob Nelson uses simple language and common sense rationale in his purposeful style. He notes that employees should “Always do what most needs to be done without waiting to be asked.” Straight forward advice works best.

Mr. Nelson provides actionable ideas along with corresponding benefits. He explains, “Whenever possible… Take on work, volunteer to help others, and ask to be on projects or teams created to address pressing problems… it will show that you are a person capable and eager to take on challenges… your worth to the organization will rise… “

Bob shares from his personal experiences, fortifying ideas with practical examples. While in a management meeting, discussing the termination of an employee, he asked, “Has the person ever been told that he could lose his job if he did not improve?” His question averted a lawsuit and pointed towards the need for clear expectations.

Blunt, concise language avoids ambiguity. Nelson, relays, “Come to work to do your job and do it well.” Also: “Every problem has a positive side and provides an opportunity to shine… Be a person of action… Take the initiative.”

Bob’s clear directions pinpoint common flaws in employee mentality. His mildly confrontational tone may provoke readers toward positive change. He asserts, “Take responsibility for yourself, for your actions, and, yes, for your inactions. Hold yourself accountable to your own standard-and have that be a higher standard… “

Enhance value and promotion potential

Bob Nelson shares insights to help employees enhance their value and promotion potential at work.


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