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About the Authors

Charles C. Manz

Dr. Manz, speaker, consultant, and best-selling business author, has won the Stybel-Peabody National Book Award. He is the Nirenberg Professor of Business Leadership at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and received the prestigious Marvin Bower Fellowship at the Harvard Business School (1988–89), “awarded for outstanding achievement in research and . . . productivity, influence, and leadership in business scholarship.” He has served as a consultant, researcher, or management education leader for many organizations including fortune 500 companies.

Dr. Manz has published numerous articles and presented many papers at professional meetings on topics such as leadership, self-managed work teams, vicarious learning, and power and control. His work has especially focused on the topic of self-leadership and has been featured on television and radio and in national publications including The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and Success. He is the author of The Leadership Wisdom of Jesus: Practical Lessons for Today, Berrett Koehler, 1998; and Mastering Self-Leadership: Empowering Yourself for Personal Excellence, Prentice-Hall, 1992. He is co-author of SuperLeadership: Leading Others to Lead Themselves, Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1989, Berkley, 1990; Business Without Bosses: How Self-Managing Teams are Creating High-Performing Companies, Wiley, 1993, 1995; and Company of Heroes: Unleashing the Power of Self-Leadership, Wiley, 1996, which have been translated into several foreign languages. He is also co-author of the book For Team Members Only: Making Your Workplace Team Productive and Hassle-Free, Amacom, 1997.

Christopher P. Neck

Dr. Christopher P. Neck completed his Ph.D. in management at Arizona State University. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Management at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He received his M.B.A. from Louisiana State University. Neck is author of the books, Medicine for the Mind: Healing Words to Help You Soar (McGraw-Hill, 1996), and For Team Members Only: Making Your Workplace Team Productive and Hassle-Free (Amacom Books, 1997).

His research specialties include human behavior, self-leadership, leadership, motivation, total quality management, group decision-making processes, and self-managing team performance. He has published a plethora of articles and book chapters in various highly regarded business and psychological outlets. Due to Neck's management expertise, he has been cited in numerous national publications including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Entrepreneur Magazine, and New Woman Magazine. Also, Dr. Neck is an empowered speaker and consultant to many organizations.

He is also an avid runner and has completed 12 marathons. Finally, as a faculty member at Virginia Tech, Neck teaches a management practices course to a single class of over 550 students. Neck has twice won the “Student's Choice Faculty Member of the Year Award” (1996 and 1998), awarded to one Virginia Tech Faculty member each year (voted by the students).

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