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  • Being a Supervisor 1.0
    Joseph F Duffy, LLD
    Mr.Duffy presents a systematic logical treatment of what is involved in being a supervisor in language any layperson can understand and apply to their work situation. His chapters on conflict resolution, how to deal with it and decision-making utilizing reason and intuition could assist any neophyte in dealing well with personnel. His efforts at win-win take into account the value of each individual and his MBWA approach to supervision is commendable. I appreciate his use of the serenity prayer as a foundation for being a supervisor. ~ Philip Russo, Goodreads

  • Being a Supervisor 1.0
    Joseph F Duffy, LLD
    Joe Duffy asked me to review the outline for “Being a Supervisor 1.0” and upon completion provided me with an electronic copy of his book.

    I started my career working for Joseph F. Duffy, as a Coordinator and moved to Director, Assistant Vice President to CEO. In the 15+ years that we worked together, Joe exemplified true leadership. As a result, the overall content of “Being a Supervisor 1.0” is a true testament to his leadership success and that of all those he managed. He nurtured the needs of his direct reports so that they were able to put the staff/clients/patients first.

    “Being a Supervisor 1.0” takes the conventional wisdom that “keeping it simple” provides a competitive advantage. The result is a more productive, successful, and happier client, staff and organization. “Being a Supervisor 1.0” is practical, readable and a compelling book. A manager in the non-profit or for-profit arena will find this book insightful and a definitive guide on how to build and manage successful teams.
    ~ Philomena Pereira Chief Executive Officer Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, FL, Goodreads

  • Being a Supervisor 1.0
    Joseph F Duffy, LLD
    Mr. Duffy’s book should have a subtitle that reads, “How To Manage Millennials.”

    He covers in a straightforward style the key areas of the work environment that are important to this large work group. Millennials, more than earlier generations, expect leadership, guidance, coaching, clear goals which reflect their input, an open door policy, feedback, and more from managers.

    Mr. Duffy clearly explains how to create a work environment that will allow millennials and organizations to achieve success.

    ~ Richard Reilly Magement Consultant New York City, Goodreads

  • Being a Supervisor 1.0
    Joseph F Duffy, LLD

    Joseph Duffy has authored an important resource for supervision at any level. The book is well written, and offers insights, stories and direction with a human touch. Having had the privilege of working on several projects with Joe, I can say that he has made the approach to management outlined in this book not only something that benefits the supervisor, but also has a profoundly positive affect on the whole team. I have seen MBWA in action, and it is magical.
    I have already composed my list of those that will be getting copies of "Being a Supervisor 1.0" in the near future! ~ Trish Vitaletti, Goodreads

  • Being a Supervisor 1.0
    Joseph F Duffy, LLD
    In Being a Supervisor 1.0, Joseph Duffy offers a broad range of excellent advice for beginning supervisors and experienced supervisors. The Table of Contents spells out the topics in detail, so you can "cheat" if you wish and head to a specific topic. The author uses handy mnemonics to guide you along the way: MBWA - Management by Walking/Wandering Around; KISS - Keep It Simple (or Short) Silly, and WIP - Work Improvement Plan. Plenty of charts are included. I also enjoyed his use of humor so that reading the book is not a tedious bore. A must read for anyone who wants to step up to a supervisory level at work. My review is based on receiving an advanced electronic copy from the author. ~ Rev. David Pickens, Goodreads

  • Being a Supervisor 1.0
    Joseph F Duffy, LLD

    We all deserve to feel good about going to work. To be treated with respect (even when we are being fired.) To work with people who make a real effort to know us. To feel motivated to carry out the mission of the organizations where we spend such an enormous amount of our waking energy.

    And, to have supervisors who've read -- and seek to live by -- this book on management and leadership by Joseph Duffy. Its combination of nuts and bolts advice within a powerful framework of honesty and integrity make "Being a Supervisor 1.0" the book I wish every supervisor I've ever worked for had read; the one I wish someone had handed me when they threw me into the role of supervising at the age of 24.

    Yes, it is a primer for both first-time and experienced supervisors, one packed with lists, useful tools and illustrative anecdotes. From over a half century of supervisory experience and a canon of leadership books, Duffy has distilled nuggets of wisdom you'll underline and return to. But, it is so much more.

    Do what the author advises: read it straight through and then come back as issues come up, or when you need to reflect on your own role as a leader. The book's straightforward organization and the author's conversational writing style make this easy. Sort of like having a monthly meeting with a wise friend. A supervisor, if you're lucky.

    And, even if you end up skimming the opening chapters (the ones that walk you through learning about a new job as a supervisor; reading mission statements, personnel manuals and other "sacred documents"; dressing the part; getting to know the staff), or subsequent chapters (brimming with helpful reminders on communication like when to use group meetings vs. emails; the importance of using an individual's preferred mode of communication), you'll want to linger with some of the later chapters, the ones I consider the heart of the book.

    These are the sections on foundational leadership issues, topics we need to read again and again: how to build relationships, how to listen actively, how to resolve conflicts, how to take care of yourself while working in a demanding situation. Life lessons that go far beyond the workplace world. It is when you reach these chapters, that you appreciate what sets this concise gem of a book apart from so many other management books: Duffy's insistence on supervision with integrity and honesty, on supervision that aligns with one's deepest values.

    "Be a person of integrity and expect your staff to have integrity. One who has integrity tells the truth, walks the talk, admits mistakes, does what he/she says he/she will do, does the right thing when it is easy and when it is hard, when being watched and not being watched."

    Don't you want to tape that one to your bathroom mirror?

    Duffy, a person of faith who spent his working life in church-based institutions, understands that his collaborative and participatory style of supervision may not be everyone's and that there are larger organizational and societal obstacles to building positive, learning organizations. He remains practical and results focused, even when he emphasizes values:

    "Honesty is the best policy. If you are less than honest, even for good intentions, you need to keep track of what you said to whom. Ever get caught in covering up a lie? If you always tell the truth, you don’t have to worry about being found out and you don’t have to keep track of your lies. Why is integrity important? It creates a trust relationship between 129 you and those who work for and with you. The opposite of trust is mistrust and suspicion. If you are not trusted, you will be second guessed. People will start taking sides. The work environment will be weakened. Integrity can be recovered but it will be a long and painful process. So make it your personal mantra to do the right thing. And expect and hold employees accountable for doing the right thing. One easy way to know if someone has integrity is to ask yourself if your employees had to choose to do the right thing in a difficult situation, would they ask of each other “What would (your name) do?”

    Joseph Duffy set out to write a "missing book, a handbook that encompasses the breadth and depth of what it takes to be an effective supervisor," because he could not find a"single book that covers all the topics a supervisor needs to know to be successful in his/her role". We should all be grateful he took the time to do it.

    (Full disclosure: Joe Duffy sent me an electronic review copy of "Being A Supervisor 1.0. I'm really glad he did.) ~ Cate Poe, Goodreads

  • Being a Supervisor 1.0
    Joseph F Duffy, LLD
    As the author points out, all managers, whether novice, recently promoted, or experienced veteran, need to dedicate themselves to continually improving their craft. In Being a Supervisor 1.0, Joseph Duffy provides valuable insight and practical advice to help managers/supervisors of all levels improve their techniques. Most importantly, the author provides this information in a concise, easy-to-read manner. After you've read it once through, the smart chapter organization also converts this book to a quick reference guide for the reader to rely on. Overall, I highly recommend Being a Supervisor 1.0. ~ Ryan, Goodreads

  • Being a Supervisor 1.0
    Joseph F Duffy, LLD
    I found this to be concise, easy to read and more than helpful. Some of the topics that are pointed out as worthy of consideration are things I might otherwise not have thought of myself. I sure many will find this book useful as they navigate the challenges of taking on a supervisory role in any organization. ~ Pat Barrett, Goodreads

  • Being a Supervisor 1.0
    Joseph F Duffy, LLD
    I was extremely thrilled to receive an electronic copy of Joseph F. Duffy’s, ‘Being a Supervisor 1.0.’ This book is a labor of love that provides valuable insight on being an effective supervisor. Joe’s personal anecdotes, wealth of knowledge, and years of experience, are reflected in the pages of this book. The result is a book that is engaging and instructive. Joe’s passion on the topic of the role of supervisors is undeniable. There are many teachable moments within this book that it is hard to just pick one. I believe that this book is an incredible resource for both aspiring supervisors and seasoned supervisors. I highly recommend this book. ~ Robert Jacob, Goodreads

  • Being a Supervisor 1.0
    Joseph F Duffy, LLD
    I was fortunate to receive an early electronic copy of Being a Supervisor 1.0 from Mr. Duffy. This book is a thoughtful approach, written by someone with a wealth of experience and a proven track record. The insights provided apply to anyone who is at the start of her/his professional career, searching for motivation and direction; someone who is well along in their journey and looking for helpful tips and techniques; or seasoned supervisors who can look back and relate to Mr. Duffy’s anecdotes and humor. This is truly a helpful resource for anyone who is looking to better their careers and themselves ~ Christopher Brancato, Goodreads

  • Being a Supervisor 1.0
    Joseph F Duffy, LLD
    I definitely enjoyed reading this book, I found that not only does it guide you to become an effective leader in an organization, but it makes you think about your role and your future. I would recommend reading it more than once as it will guide you in making very important decision, from how to effectively communicate to conflict management. If you are serious about your career you will want to read this book as it will help you a lot. ~ Albert

  • Being a Supervisor 1.0
    Joseph F Duffy, LLD
    As a Clinical Supervisor, and one who teaches Clinical Supervision, I began reading this book with the assumption that it was about this topic...expecting it to be another rehash of the information about which I am very familiar. To my great surprise, I found it hitting upon topics rarely covered in clinical supervision. This book covers, in a most readable way, experiential insights that new (clinical) supervisors can use from the "management perspective". This is a skill set that most clinical staff are not exposed to...and they need these skills to successfully manage their supervisees within a treatment setting. It will go on my "reading list" for new clinical supervisors.

    Edward Reading, PhD, LCADC, CCS ~ Edward Reading, PhD, LCADC, CCS, Goodreads

  • Being a Supervisor 1.0
    Joseph F Duffy, LLD
    I strongly recommend Being a Supervisor 1.0 by Joseph F Duffy to all those who are interested in honing their supervisory skills. It is easy to read with lots of examples of supervisory skills that the author has gained through practical experiences from a life time of having been in various executive roles. I know the author personally as a colleague and have seen him in action.
    Congratulations! I am looking forward to reading 2.0. ~ Thomas Verghese, Goodreads

  • Being a Supervisor 1.0
    Joseph F Duffy, LLD
    Being a Supervisor 1.0 by Joseph F. Duffy is a book worth more than just reading. It is worth keeping. Mr. Duffy has written a book that can be referred to when formulating and implementing everyday business decisions. In developing plans, Being a Supervisor 1.0, enables fledgling or seasoned supervisors to draw insights and join them together with their own to maximize outcomes. Chapters within the book can be utilized on an as need basis. However, the overall information contained can be drawn on throughout your career. Joe Duffy, a successful supervisor to many, has shared his keen insights with us in an understandable and professional manner ~ Robert E. Bozzomo

  • Being a Supervisor 1.0
    Joseph F Duffy, LLD
    Having managed many people in several not-for-profit agencies for over 35 years, I was very impressed with Joseph F. Duffy's "Being a Supervisor 1.0". This book would serve as a very valuable management tool not only to novice supervisors, but to more seasoned supervisors as well. Mr. Duffy artfully combines his mature wisdom, light humor and insightful anecdotes with clear, concise practical guidelines to result in a superb tool for effective management at all levels. I highly recommend this book to all managers! ~ Gail Gordon

  • Being a Supervisor 1.0
    Joseph F Duffy, LLD
    Joe Duffy wrote an incredibly informative, education and entertaining book. Joe’s vast experience shines through. He writes from his experiences, his knowledge and more importantly his heart. This is a really good read! Recommend this highly! ~ Denise, Goodreads

  • Being a Supervisor 1.0
    Joseph F Duffy, LLD
    This is clearly the work of someone who has been there. But more than that, these are the kind of insights from someone who shows you not just what to do, but how to do it. You can see in the way that the words of wisdom, the jokes and the stories are shared, that Mr. Duffy put his priority on how he treated his people and how important it was to advance the mission. Read this if that is the kind of leader that you want to be. ~ Rachel Lustig, Goodreads

  • Being a Supervisor 1.0
    Joseph F Duffy, LLD
    Being a Supervisor 1.0 by Joseph F. Duffy is a clear, comprehensive, and caring approach to the work of supervision in any setting. The author's long and varied experience as a supervisor and board member informs this how-to manual written for new and experienced supervisors in mind. I especially liked the personal and anecdotal examples of successful management strategies presented. What sets this book apart from other such works is the emphasis on attentiveness to both professional and personal development needed on the path to success as a leader in an organization. An excellent resource for use in formation programs for new supervisors. ~ Barbara Conroy, Goodreads

  • Being a Supervisor 1.0
    Joseph F Duffy, LLD
    In one of the most practical yet highly entertaining and accessible reads I've had in a long while, Joe Duffy manages to create the ultimate guidebook to becoming a successful supervisor, and he does so in a way that combines humor and charming anecdotes with best practices and inspiring methodologies. This is a book which is appropriate for both the seasoned supervisor as well as someone new to the game, as it provides comprehensive information in a way which promotes a cohesive and ethical work environment . Can anything be more relevant right now? This book should be on every supervisor's shelf. Bravo, Joe Duffy. ~ Keaton Douglas

  • Being a Supervisor 1.0
    Joseph F Duffy, LLD
    Wish this handy reference book was around when I was thrown into my first supervisory role with little direction or support. It's chock-full of useful guidance and tips for all types of supervision scenarios, presented in quick, and easy to read format (important when your first priority is supervising, not abstract, heavy reading). After 9 years of supervisory roles in the social service sector, I still find golden nuggets on how to make the job a bit easier. If you're a supervisor, do yourself a favor and read the book! ~ Sister Francis Raftery, SC, President Emirita, College of St. Elizabeth, Goodreads

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