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Pygmalions and Paranoids in Management

Pygmalions and Paranoids in Management

Pygmalions and Paranoids in Management

Pygmalions and Paranoids in Management

Styles of Motivating

  • By: K Karunakaran

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ISBN: 9788130904085

Bind: Paperback

Year: 2007

Pages: 192

Size: 5.5 x 8.5 Inch

Publisher: Viva Books Originals

Sales Territory: Worldwide


The senior managers in any organization can effectively play a positive role as leaders in developing and motivating the subordinates. In an organization where the majority of the senior level managers are cognizant of this reality and have the capability and the motivation for developing their subordinates, the "Pygmalion Effect" will facilitate translation of the dream into a reality. George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion is based on the theme that like the sculptor Pygmalion in Greek mythology, one person, by his effort and will, can transform another person. In the world of management too, the supervisors can play the "Pygmalion role" and develop their subordinates and motivate them to put in better performance on the job. A manager's expectations are the key to a subordinate's performance and development.

This book highlights the importance of the  "Pygmalion role" in the corporate setting. The chapters cover a wide range of organizational situations and focus on the leadership styles and motivational methods of successful executives which are worthy of emulation. They provide perspectives on the key issues and problems facing managers in the corporate setting, and present concepts and techniques which are appropriate for use in getting the best out of subordinates. By assiduously practising the techniques of successful leaders enunciated herein, managers can ensure that they undergo a metamorphosis into Pygmalions and lead their subordinates comfortably towards excellence.

Target Audience: This book should be of value not only to the students and teachers of management but also to practising managers/Corporate houses


Pygmalions vs. Paranoids: An analysis of Leadership Styles • Excellence through Positive Reinforcement • Styles of motivating the subordinates • Reward Systems in Motivation • The Right and the Wrong • Enigma of Nurturing Team Spirit • Performance Appraisal as a Motivational Tool • Motivating the Plateaued Manager • Motivational Tools for Managing People • Perceiving Organizational Culture as a Motivator • Countering Alienation Syndrome in Managers • Avoiding Executive Obsolescence • Motivating the Boss • Holistic Reward Scheme for Sales • Force Motivation • Making Promotions Work • Managing Without Authority


About the Author: 

Dr K Karunakaran is a post graduate in Economics and Business Management and has a doctorate in Business Management from Newport University, California. Presently, he is Professor and Head of the Department of Management Studies at AMC Engineering College, Bangalore. His articles have been published in the Economic Times, The Hindu and the Deccan Herald.

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