Books by Chris Neck

Management, Second Edition

Management, Second Edition helps students think critically, make better decisions, and act in an ethical way that contributes to long-term organizational success. The authors of Management believe that young managers can contribute to building a more sustainable future by making decisions that are more acutely informed by their ability to see, think, apply, analyze, design, integrate, and evaluate systems and patterns of behavior. In order to do this, students and instructors need a new principles of management textbook to address todays challenges and opportunities, with a new approach to content, pedagogy, and style.

While the approach presented in Management is different, instructors should feel immediately comfortable using the text: with input from over 200 principles of management instructors over the course of its development, Management provides the tools to help instructors teach and students learn the how and why behind management decisions.

Entrepreneurship: The Practice and Mindset

Entrepreneurship: The Practice and Mindset catapults students beyond the classroom to think and act more entrepreneurially so they can create opportunities and take action in uncertain environments. Based on the world-renowned Babson Entrepreneurship program, this new text emphasizes practice and learning through action. Students learn entrepreneurship by doing entrepreneurship. By the end of the text students have the entrepreneurial mindset, skillset, and toolset that can be applied to startups as well as organizations of all kinds.

Whether your students have backgrounds in business, liberal arts, engineering, or the sciences they will find Entrepreneurship: The Practice and Mindset a transformative journey.

Self-Leadership: The Definitive Guide To Personal Excellence

Self-Leadership: The Definitive Guide To Personal Excellence provides comprehensive coverage of the major aspects of the self-leadership process. Before learning to lead others, students need to first be able to lead themselves effectively. Self-Leadership is a research-grounded, practice-based, realistic, and inclusive approach to self-motivation and self-influence. The goal of the text is to teach students to lead themselves by equipping them with strategies and tips for developing their own personal effectiveness and excellence.

Key Features:

  • Examines the behavioral, emotional, and cognitive aspects of self-leadership, providing students with a holistic understanding of self-motivation and self-leadership
  • Balances theory and practice to equip students with the skills necessary to navigate challenging circumstances, uncertainty, and ambiguity.
  • Promotes active learning and engagement. The dynamic feature set is carefully designed to encourage students to encourage reflection and creativity in order to help students think and behave as self-leaders.
  • Presents research findings in a reader-friendly way. Self-Leadership will be written in a fun and engaging manner. Although the text will incorporate more research findings, more research citations, and Self-Leadership Research boxes, the text will remain accessible and user-friendly.

Organizational Behavior A Critical-Thinking Approach

Organizational Behavior: A Critical Thinking Perspective provides insight into individual behavior, group behavior, organizational structure, and organizational processes through the lens of critical thinking. Critical thinking is a powerful skill that helps managers to ask the right questions, predict patterns of behavior and processes, and make effective and thoughtful decisions. Organizational Behavior offers a first-of-its kind active learning experience, focusing on critical thinking with a storytelling approach. The engaging case narratives, experiential exercises, self-assessments, and interviews with seasoned business professionals foster critical thinking, highlight real world applications, and bring OB concepts to life.

Key Features:

  • Critical Thinking Approach designed to equip students with the mindset and skills to thrive in today's organizations
  • Rich, extended case study narratives inspired by real events illustrate OB concepts and critical thinking in action
  • A chapter on creativity and innovation explores how managers can use creativity to solve problems, motivate employees, and inspire teams
  • A unique chapter on contemporary leadership examines timely leadership theories such as shared-leadership, servant leadership, empowering leadership, and authentic leadership
  • Critical Thinking Challenges, Exercises, Self-Assessments, and Case Studies allow students to engage with the content and practice developing their management skills

How Fathers Change Lives: Stories of Remarkable Dads

Chris was a contributing author to Greg Hague's collection of 52 inspiring stories about remarkable dads. What they do. What they say. How they change the lives of their kids.

Each story is shared by a daughter or son (age 4 to 81). This book is filled with family photos. The writing style is unique. It flows like melted butter and reads with a rhythm and smoothness rarely seen.

Read about the dad who coldly fired his son from the family business…but then helped that young man to a fabulous life. Or the father and son trucking along together on a dusty back road…and what happened with that Playboy Magazine they found in the dirt.

Your heart will go out to four-year old Janie Hite. She was born with serious medical problems that will endure for life. Read her story about a dad who reached out desperately in the middle of the night to save her life.

Management: A Balanced Approach to the 21st Century

Management: A Balanced Approach to the 21st Century is a principles of managment textbook featuring feedback from over 200 principles of management professors, to prepare future managers to make decisions that are more acutely informed by their ability to see, think, apply, analyze, and evaluate systems and patterns of behavior.

The goal of the book is to use a critical thinking approach that assists instructors in helping students better understand the "how and why" of critical thinking skills vs. simply the "what" approach. The authors belief is that the critical thinking approach encourages students to consider intended and unintended consequences of behaviors on their team, organization, and community, and build healthy, sustainable organizations.

The text aims to support teaching and assist in showing students that the study of management is exhilarating, with stories of epic failures, risings and fallings, overnight successes, poetic justices, dilemmas, and plain, hardworking people that find meaningful ways to make a difference.

Fit to Lead

Everyone knows that physical fitness makes people look better and feel better. But what they don't know is the hidden benefit of physical fitness: it helps one's career. For years, The Cooper Wellness Program in Texas has taught high-level executives (including President Bush) the financial benefits of a fitness program. Now, Fit to Lead brings an eight-week, three-part fitness formula to the millions of Americans eager to prosper in the workplace, from entry-level to small business owners to high-powered executives. Based on proven, groundbreaking research and written under the authority of five leading experts, Fit to Lead:

  • Provides insider tips from top-level executives, including extensive and exclusive insights from President George W. Bush
  • Teaches readers that fitness improves job performance
  • Presents a three-part fitness formula specifically designed for the fast-paced lifestyle
  • Offers an eight-step self-leadership plan that applies standard business principles to fitness, helping those striving for success become their own personal trainers.

Surveys show that many Americans plan to start a fitness program within the next five years. Fit to Lead not only provides these individuals with an exercise plan; it offers a plan specifically designed for busy lifestyles everywhere.

Mastering Self-Leadership: Empowering Yourself for Personal Excellence

This brief, inexpensive paperback on self-management is a guide for self-help that uses solid research and proven principles. Powerful advice and tools emphasize the following idea: first learn to lead yourself, and then you will be in a solid position to effectively lead others. Mastering Self Leadership explores methods for achieving personal goals using:

  • self-assessment
  • self-reward
  • self-talk
  • mental imagery
  • teamthink
  • and other cutting-edge concepts

An excellent resource for sales managers, department heads, team leaders, and others in leadership positions.

Medicine for the Mind: Healing Words to Help You Soar

Now in its fourth printing, Medicine for the Mind is a moving compilation of inspirational and motivational words designed to open the readers' mind to the infinite possibilities we all face. This collection of simple and compelling stories, poems and quotes will soothe the spirit and re-ignite the passion needed to realize the dreams and the true potential we all seek to find.

This book is intended for any course in Psychology, Business, or Communications.

"This is the kind of work that will draw you to past emotions...and find you turning pages for future ones." - Dale Brown, Former Head Basketball Coach at Lousiana State University

For Team Members Only

In the mad scramble to re-organize the workplace into teams, the manager's new role has been assiduously examined. Actual team members, however, have been asked to master a new set of skills and ways of working -- with no guidance whatsoever.

For Team Members Only supplies step-by-step guidelines and interactive exercises for boosting the skills they need. Readers learn about:

  • TeamThink: pooling experiences to make effective, integrated decisions
  • TeamLeadership: combining self-leadership with the ability to influence others
  • TeamTalk: improving communications skills to create an open, productive, and conflict-free environment
  • TeamWork: putting new roles in their historical context

The Wisdom of Solomon at Work: Ancient Virtues for Living and Leading Today

What employee wouldn't choose to work under management that pairs modern-day challenges with ancient wisdom, subsequently resulting in richer service and more humane workplace scenarios? Four authors (professors, speakers and consultants), whose own religious backgrounds (Jewish, Catholic and Protestant) are as diverse as the biblical characters they study, discuss incorporating biblical wisdom into the workplace.

At the book's core is the premise that the wisdom of Solomon is still relevant to problems faced in contemporary society. Wisdom as defined by the authors is twofold: practical wisdom characterized by the need to achieve a certain goal or end purpose, and transcendent wisdom, which is an internal, intuitive awareness honed by life experience.

The wisdom of Solomon, these authors assert, brings healthier and fuller expression to life (and work) as it embodies the traits of justice, integrity, compassion, courage and faith. From biblical accounts of Job's faith, David's courage, Ruth's compassion, Moses' integrity and Solomon's wisdom, readers learn how these personages faced obstacles similar to those today. Following each biblical account are rich summaries about current-day leaders who overcame professional hurdles by applying Solomon's wisdom to their particular circumstances.

Included are narratives of Wendy's founder Dave Thomas, former President Jimmy Carter and Semco CEO Ricardo Semler. The book presents sound reasons for applying ancient wisdom to the modern workplace, yet its tone is a bit too intellectually contemplative.