Managing To Stay Out of Court

How to Avoid the 8 Deadly Sins of Mismanagement

Jathan Janove (Author)

Publication date: 10/27/2004

Managing To Stay Out of Court

The number of employment discrimination cases has grown by more than 2,000 percent in the past 20 years, and the number is expected to increase by 10 percent a year. Win or lose, these cases are a drain on time and resources. Rather than battling it out in court, wouldn't it be better to nip them in the bud?

Based on his many years as an employment law attorney, Jathan Janove sees one overriding cause behind most employee lawsuits--a normal human desire on the part of managers to avoid dealing with difficult situations. Janove points out eight common pitfalls that result from avoidance--the Eight Deadly Sins of Mismanagement--and eight techniques for addressing each one: the Eight Virtues. Entertaining real-life stories illustrate each Sin and corresponding Virtue, and the book features a number of exercises and tools for increasing awareness of managerial Sins and cultivating managerial Virtues, including the Sin Self-Assessment tool and the Sin-to-Virtue Transfer Plan.

Employers and employees will always have their differences, but Managing to Stay Out of Court shows that, with good, people-centered management, these differences can nearly always be resolved through communication rather than litigation.

  • Shows how to institute strong, people-centered management practices that help companies avoid costly lawsuits
  • Combines lively text and real-life examples with practical analysis and concrete steps
  • As a practicing attorney who has focused on workplace disputes for more than twenty years, Janove has the perfect credentials to write this book

Read more and meet author below



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Overview

The number of employment discrimination cases has grown by more than 2,000 percent in the past 20 years, and the number is expected to increase by 10 percent a year. Win or lose, these cases are a drain on time and resources. Rather than battling it out in court, wouldn't it be better to nip them in the bud?

Based on his many years as an employment law attorney, Jathan Janove sees one overriding cause behind most employee lawsuits--a normal human desire on the part of managers to avoid dealing with difficult situations. Janove points out eight common pitfalls that result from avoidance--the Eight Deadly Sins of Mismanagement--and eight techniques for addressing each one: the Eight Virtues. Entertaining real-life stories illustrate each Sin and corresponding Virtue, and the book features a number of exercises and tools for increasing awareness of managerial Sins and cultivating managerial Virtues, including the Sin Self-Assessment tool and the Sin-to-Virtue Transfer Plan.

Employers and employees will always have their differences, but Managing to Stay Out of Court shows that, with good, people-centered management, these differences can nearly always be resolved through communication rather than litigation.

  • Shows how to institute strong, people-centered management practices that help companies avoid costly lawsuits
  • Combines lively text and real-life examples with practical analysis and concrete steps
  • As a practicing attorney who has focused on workplace disputes for more than twenty years, Janove has the perfect credentials to write this book

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Meet the Author


Visit Author Page - Jathan Janove

Jathan Janove, Esq. is a an attorney with the legal law firm of Bullard, Smith, Jernstedt & Wilson. Janove defends workplace claims and helps employers prevent them through policies, practices and problem solving approaches. He has developed a number of training programs and workshops for employers in this regard.

To learn more about Jathan and the work he does, visit him online here

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Table of Contents

1.The First Sin: Managing Like a Beginning Skier
The First Virtue: Weight Forward on Skis
2.The Second Sin: Dissin' Your Employees
The Second Virtue: D-I-S'n Your Employees
5.The Fifth Sin: Falling into the Inconsistency Trap
The Fifth Virtue: Ducks in a Row
6.The Sixth Sin: Letting Employees Speculate
The Sixth Virtue: Open Information Channels
7.The Seventh Sin: Listening through Your "I"
The Seventh Virtue: Listening through Your Ears
8.The Eighth Sin: Front-of-the-Nose Perspective
The Eighth Virtue: The Big Picture
9.Moving from Sin to Virtue
Conclusion

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Endorsements

"Out of the trenches of employment law comes so much insight and practical wisdom. Every manager and supervisor who studies this will benefit immensely. Marvelous book!"
--Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

"A clear-thinking, results-driven management tool... From its keen insights, solid management tips, and recommendations, to its unique, astute, and entertaining perspectives ... this book is a must-read for today's management teams."
--Robert M. Lee, Executive Director, The Institute For Applied Management and Law

"Packed with practical information that will help your organization avoid litigation."
--Jonathan Segal, Wolf, Block, LLP, columnist, HR Magazine "Legal Trends"

"An excellent guide for all levels of management. I highly recommend it to anyone who desires to improve individual and group skills in working with people--and avoid litigation. Janove's insights are sharp and on-target."
--Jerry L. Garren, Vice President and Plant General Manager, La-Z-Boy, Inc.

"Following the tenets laid out in [this book] will reduce your company's exposure to employment litigation--while improving the productivity of your workforce."
--John Parauda, Managing Counsel, American Express Company

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