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Becoming a Manager: How New Managers Master the Challenges of Leadership

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New managers must learn how to lead others rather than do the work themselves, to win trust and respect, to motivate, and to strike the right balance between delegation and control. It is a transition many fail to make. This book traces the experiences of nineteen new managers over the course of their first year in a managerial capacity. Reveals the complexity of the trans ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Harvard Business Review Press (first published January 31st 1992)
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Bob Selden
This is the second edition of Becoming a Manager and although only three chapters have been added, their impact is considerable.

The original edition is based on interviews with 19 new managers and their thoughts on becoming a manager. As such, it was an interesting, but somewhat hard going (sentences and paragraphs are wordy), read. Although the 19 managers are all from customer service or sales, their stories translate well to other professions.

This latest edition adds chapters on Exercising
It was difficult to read because it's such a comprehensive and deep research but with a qualitative approach that it took me several sittings to digest the content. Much like the managers in this study, it took me months to deeply appreciate and understand this book. What it did give me was the awareness that I'm not alone in my trials and errors.

This book is something I would really recommend for people who would like to take their development as managers seriously. However it is not an easy re
Johan Sulaiman
Contrary to prior reviews, I find this book a very easy read. The main reason is the immense amount of real-world quotations from the 19 managers being interviewed and tracked over the course of their first year being a manager. The book becomes an engaging account of the travails of these managers with insights to their inner fear and doubts. I find the book even more engaging than many novels!

It helps to put on the context hat while reading this. Get into the role of a first line manager or a
Michael Weening
I read this book when I first became a manager. Whenever someone comes into my office and says "I would like to be a manager" I ask them why and have they really thought about the transition? (Too many people want to become a manager because they think they "need" to as part of career progression).

It gives insight into what you are about to enter into and hopefully helps you bypass the most common of mistakes that I see happening with new managers every day.
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658.409 H6469 2003
A dense but rewarding book. Harvard professor Linda Hill studied 19 new managers in the first year of their managerial careers, and discovered some interesting things about how managers coped with the challenges of their new positions.

Recommended for anyone thinking about getting into management, new to management, or just interested in how management works.
Good book for up coming, new and experience managers who need the basic foundation of being a manager. I like the section on power and influence. It is very important to learn how to survive and be effective when you do not have alot of positional power and yet have to deliver results in a dynamic, challenging, global and changing economy.
Ana Seicarescu
A whole new perspective on what is expected of a new manager
Hisham Alamoudi
An amazing book very useful for all new managers
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