Book review: Get Things Done

Emma De Vita reviews the latest book by self-help guru Robert Kelsey

Get Things Done by Robert Kelsey
Get Things Done by Robert Kelsey

The self-help guru Robert Kelsey is just desperate to help you achieve more. And his ground-breaking secret? Simply to take action. It's time to ditch your procrastinating ways and get on with doing whatever it is you want to do.

Kelsey has the gift of the gab, and his pally yet tough approach to self-improvement makes for good reading. By laying bare his own experiences, he quickly builds up a level of trust and empathy that would warm the cockles of the most cynical of readers.

The book contains all the usual motivational stuff, such as setting goals, making plans and developing good habits, but there's also a chapter dedicated to getting things done as a manager. This boils down to delegation, which doesn't come easy if you think you'd get the job done more quickly and better than someone junior.

Become a better delegator by doing it right: ask a person who would like to do the task. Make it a plea for help and tell that person why you need him or her to do it. Finally, pick the right time to ask - that is, not when that person looks particularly busy or stressed. Finally, let him or her get on with it, because no one likes a micro-manager. Then: bingo; things will get done.

Emma De Vita is books editor of Management Today

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