Moxie is the New Strategic Advantage for Thriving Managers

Newly released book takes a no-nonsense approach to becoming a more effective, influential leader at work.
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Aug. 30, 2011 - PRLog -- (RED BANK, NEW JERSEY) – Ann Tardy has done it again with Moxie for Managers, today's must-have guide for managers looking to lead people to victory.  

When innovation, progress, and brilliance matter, it’s time to unleash moxie in the middle lane. It’s time for business as unusual. It’s time we stop selling people short. As leaders in the middle, managers have the power to strike the match that will start it all. Middle leaders are actually clandestine superheroes with the power to influence people’s behaviors and actions – above and below them. Apply the ten essential influencing tenets to a battle cry and add a dose of iconoclastic (sometimes irreverent) action, and everyone has the power to impact from the middle – that’s the strategic advantage called “moxie.”

Tardy’s Moxie for Managers uses behavioral science to blast myths about employee motivation and engagement. Tardy replaces these myths with strategies and tools that influence, instigate, and inspire people to own their work, own success, and own the company’s success. People are hungry to make a difference, but they’re hardwired to hold themselves back. When managers understand how to access and rewire that hardwiring, they can evolve into leaders.

About the author:  From Silicon Valley corporate attorney to award-winning advocate for middle managers, mentoring expert, and adventurer, Ann Tardy has never met a dull moment or a person who wasn’t dying to make a difference. Considered one of the top thought leaders on transforming middle management, Ann helps visionary organizations unleash moxie where they need it most – in the middle. By combining the art of management with the science of behavioral economics, Ann interprets the stories we tell ourselves. In so doing, Ann reveals how we are each hardwired to hold ourselves back. She creates a new emotional context to prepare middle managers for executing in complex environments. Learn more at

What they're saying about Moxie for Managers:

Practical and inspiring, Moxie for Managers made me appreciate even more the value that influence has in leading effectively. It proves that anyone at any level of an organization can exert influence and effect change. With this book as a guide there are no more excuses for being stuck in relationships with others; there are only opportunities to bring out the full potential in people.          – William Waszak, Chief Information Officer, Scotts Miracle Gro

Moxie for Managers changed me. Before learning about the principles that influence people, I was relying on congeniality and a positive attitude to motivate others. Now I know the secret to being an effective leader and I’m leveraging it every day. Ann’s work is like nothing I have ever learned in formal or informal training. It has impacted my ability to lead and be followed not only at the office but in my personal life as well.
– Gailene Cowger, Manager, Baird & Warner, Orland Park Office

The mentoring guru, Ann Tardy has created a map for those who are ready to leave management behind and become inspirational leaders! Moxie for Managers is the distillation of years of experience and observation by a thought leader with a keen mind and clear focus. As one who has benefitted greatly from Ann Tardy’s guidance, I highly recommend Moxie for Managers to those who want to do it better, whatever “it” is!  
– Wendy Willow Wark, Director Employee Relations & Diversity / EEO Officer
MTA Metro-North Railroad

Moxie for Managers is not just a fantastic read about how people successfully deal with other people. It is also a handbook for how to exert influence over yourself. The bottom line, when we get out of our own way and get out of other people’s way, magic happens.
– Glen Rossman, former Tax Director, Cisco Systems

Title: Moxie for Managers: The Secret to Evolving from Manager to Leader
Author: Ann Tardy
Genre: Non-Fiction, Business
ISBN: 978-0979585715, 0979585716
Publication Date: July 2011
Pages: 356
Price: $24.95
Publisher: Fish Head Publishing

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