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by Brian Tracy, AMACOM, New York, N.Y., 2013, 116 pp. with index, $9.95 hardcover


Brian Tracy is a well-known speaker, consultant and trainer on the topic of success. He has written more than 50 books. His most recent work, Motivation, is both a primer and a quick review of the management practices that bring out the best in an organization’s employees.

Each chapter is a brief essay of a proven strategy for improving productivity. The focus of the essays is on the point of contact between the manager and the worker – something Tracy considers the key factor in motivation and peak performance.

The experienced school administrator will not find much new in this book. But if a school district is struggling, a review of these important topics could help diagnose the problem and suggest a redirection. Fundamentals should not be taken for granted, according to the author.

Motivation is a quick read. Each stand-alone chapter can be read in minutes and selected chapters can be read in the order of an individual’s interest without losing the essence of the overall theme. Someone moving from lower-level administrative responsibilities to an executive level would benefit from Tracy’s advice.

Reviewed by John C. Fagan, retired superintendent, Oak Park, Ill.


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