Miller's Bolt: A Modern Business Parable

Paperback | April 17, 1997

byThomas Stirr, Kenneth H. Blanchard

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Miller’s Bolt is the fast-paced fictional story of a top-notch manager who is in danger of being fired. For although Jim Manion does his job well, his relationships with his coworkers have become increasingly antagonistic. Given just three months to turn himself around, Jim consults his friend Peter Miller, a personal performance coach, and together the two of them work to save Jim’s career.We watch Jim as he learns new interpersonal skills, manages change, and improves his performance. Thomas Stirr guides us through the techniques and conceptual tools that Jim uses, including Miller’s Bolt—a simple and logical tool that reminds us that our performance is never static. We are either getting a little better and moving up the threads on our bolt, or a little worse and moving downward—every day.Realistic characters and situations bring the story alive as Jim faces the challenges of a tense board meeting, a climate of lagging sales, and his personal nemesis, a manipulative coworker who tests Jim’s newfound skills. Each of these dramatic turning points further crystallizes the main message of the book: If we want our lives to be different in the future we have to make different decisions today. By taking responsibility for our perceptions, our relationships, and our performance, we gain the ability to learn and grow.As we read about Jim’s success and failures, we learn along with him the practical skills that we all need to thrive in today’s business world. Miller’s Bolt is a new kind of business book: It’s a page-turner.

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Miller's Bolt is the fast-paced fictional story of a top-notch manager who is in danger of being fired. For although Jim Manion does his job well, his relationship with his coworkers have become increasingly antagonistic. Given just three months to turn himself around, Jim consults his friend Peter Miller, a personal performance coach,...

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Miller’s Bolt is the fast-paced fictional story of a top-notch manager who is in danger of being fired. For although Jim Manion does his job well, his relationships with his coworkers have become increasingly antagonistic. Given just three months to turn himself around, Jim consults his friend Peter Miller, a personal performance coach...

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Miller's Bolt is the fast-paced fictional story of a top-notch manager who is in danger of being fired. For although Jim Manion does his job well, his relationship with his coworkers have become increasingly antagonistic. Given just three months to turn himself around, Jim consults his friend Peter Miller, a personal performance coach,...

Thomas Stirr is a highly regarded executive coach and trainer. He specializes in leadership development, team building, strategy, marketing, and sales development. Thomas has a broad background having worked in various management disciplines for a number of major North American companies over the past twenty-five years. He was a regula...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.25 × 5.38 × 0.56 inPublished:April 17, 1997Publisher:Basic Books

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ISBN - 10:0201143798

ISBN - 13:9780201143799

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Millers Bolt What an interesting read! This business book, written in fiction form, tells the story of one poor soul who loses himself in the upper management ranks. He enlists the help of a friend, Peter Miller, who's a personal performance coach, to help him get back on track. He is given three months to shape up or ship out. He realizes he has to make a complete attitude adjustment, and build a better working relationship with his peers. He overcomes many obstacles along the way, and in the end helps others with the techniques he has learned. An easy, realistic read.
Date published: 1999-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Millers Bolt What an interesting read! This business book, written in fiction form, tells the story of one poor soul who loses himself in the upper management ranks. He enlists the help of a friend, Peter Miller, who's a personal performance coach, to help him get back on track. He is given three months to shape up or ship out. He realizes he has to make a complete attitude adjustment, and build a better working relationship with his peers. He overcomes many obstacles along the way, and in the end helps others with the techniques he has learned. An easy, realistic read.
Date published: 1998-12-18

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Miller's Bolt is the fast-paced fictional story of a top-notch manager who is in danger of being fired. For although Jim Manion does his job well, his relationship with his coworkers have become increasingly antagonistic. Given just three months to turn himself around, Jim consults his friend Peter Miller, a personal performance coach, and together the two of them work to save Jim's career. We watch Jim as he learns new interpersonal skills, manages change, and improves his performance. Thomas Stirr guides us through the techniques and conceptual tools that Jim uses, including Miller's Bolt - a simple and logical tool that reminds us that our performance is never static. We are either getting a little better and moving up the threads on our bolt, or a little worse and moving downward - every day. As we read about Jim's success and failures, we learn along with him the practical skills that we all need to thrive in today's business world