First, Break All the Rules

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First, Break All the Rules
AuthorMarcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
CountryUnited States
SubjectManagement, employee satisfaction, motivating workers
PublishedMay 1999 (Simon & Schuster)
Media typePrint, hardcover
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LC ClassHD38.2 .B83 1999

First, Break All the Rules, subtitled What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently (1999) is a self-help book authored by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman about improving employee satisfaction. The book appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for 93 weeks.[1]Time magazine listed the book as one of "The 25 Most Influential Business Management Books".[2]

Content outline[edit]

Buckingham and Coffman discuss the fallacies of standard management thinking and how good managers create and sustain employee satisfaction. The book is a result of observations based on 80,000 interviews with managers[3] as conducted by the Gallup Organization in the last 25 years.[when?] The book goes into detail on debunking old myths about management, and gives advice to employers on how to obtain and keep talented people in their organization.[4]

Key ideas from the book include:

  • treating every employee as an individual.
  • not trying to fix weaknesses, but instead focusing on strengths and talent.
  • finding ways to measure, count, and reward outcomes

See also[edit]


  1. ^ McGregor, Jena (March 26, 2007). "Ladies And Gents…Marcus Buckingham!". Businessweek. Archived from the original on March 21, 2007. Retrieved August 31, 2010.
  2. ^ Sun, Feifei (August 9, 2011). "The 25 Most Influential Business Management Books". Time. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  3. ^ Marcus Buckingham | First, Break All The Rules Archived April 22, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Leadership Hall Of Fame: Marcus Buckingham, Author Of "First, Break All The Rules"". Fast Company. Retrieved February 20, 2016.

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