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Resilient Management

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4.42  ·  Rating details ·  240 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Finding your bearings as a manager can feel overwhelming—but you don’t have to fake it to make it, and you don’t have to go it alone. Lara Hogan shares her recipe for supporting and leading a tech team—from developing your mentoring and coaching skills, to getting comfortable with having difficult conversations, to boosting trust among teammates—while staying grounded ...more
Paperback, 105 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by A Book Apart
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Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall, this book is a great read, especially if you’re new to management. I’ve consulted many management resources already. This book reinforced a lot of what I’m already doing while teaching me a few new things along the way.

Things I’m already doing that Lara reinforced in her book:

•Provide regular feedback to your direct reports. Don’t wait for performance reviews. This is critical for giving your direct reports the opportunity to learn what they’re doing well and where they need to
Katie Kovalcin
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-52-books
Lara's book is full of clear, actionable advice for new managers. I'm wading through many of the problems she's outlined and through her guidance, I am able to find the answers (or ask the questions!) I need to move forward. Highly recommend!
Mindaugas Mozūras
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Growth is beautiful; growth is magnificent; growth is what we should be aiming for. But in actuality, growth is painful.

Lara Hogan is one of my favourite engineering managers to follow on Twitter and read on RSS. I was also lucky to hear her do a conference talk more than once. I knew this book would be useful when I read that she'll have a treatise on management coming out.

I was not disappointed. I liked Resilient Management, which focuses mainly on management fundamentals. It's a good
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Chapter 4 of Resilient Management, Lara states “The absence of trust is the foundation of most teams disfunction”. This book feels very much like the antidote to that. It guides the reader, whether they’re a first-time manager or an experienced one, through the different lifecycle stages of a team – from Forming to Storming, then Norming, and finally, to Performing.

I can’t think of anyone better to write this book – Lara has worked in so many different environments, from Engineering Director
Yong Hoon
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Should be required reading for anyone who manages anyone. It packs a lot into very little space, and the continual focus on your teammates/reports' priorities, what's important to them, and their emotions is so crucial.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book should be considered "required reading" by new managers.

Here is what makes this book excellent:

1. For new managers, it provides the necessary “scaffolding” that they need to navigate this strange new role they’ve taken on. It gives them a new language and framing for how to anticipate and handle sticky challenges and pragmatic approaches they can lean on when things get tricky.

2. For veteran managers, it’s an excellent exposition of what should be considered fundamental concepts.
Bartosz Pranczke
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
It is a good book, especially for new managers. I think the biggest take away is to remember about every human' core needs.
There are six core needs researchers find are most important for humans at work. Not all are equally important to everyone. You might find that equity and belonging are most important to you, but choice and status are most important to your employee. Getting to know them and coaching to them is a shortcut to making others feel understood and valued (aka inclusivity).

Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure, I have known Lara for several years and have also been lucky enough to take her Demystifying Management course recently. That being said, I feel strongly that this is book, while short, is packed with deeply useful information and helpful insights. Lately I have been feeling strongly that books focused on management contain lessons that are in fact valuable to folks at all points in their career, as well as lessons that can just as easily be applied outside of the workplace, and ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-2019
I watched Lara's An Event Apart talk about Navigating Friction. I was worried it was solely this talk, but I was mistaken. She had some great parts from her talk and added some bonus sections to it. I think the section on communication is the most important. This book feels different from most manager books. I think this could take any manager's skills to the next level.

The best part about this book though is that it could really be a book for anyone. You don't need a manager title to benefit
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended for new (and old) technical managers. I've found tremendous value in Hogan's blogs and her newsletter. This packages many of these ideas into a cohesive and lean package. Extremely tactical and concrete. You'll no doubt find new techniques for your toolkit.
David Yee
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Management school isn’t typically something software engineers enroll in; historically, we became managers because we were good at our craft for long enough that somebody felt we ought to tell other people how to do likewise. To advance in the discipline meant, ultimately, that you’d have to set that discipline aside and take up the discipline of management—often with no meaningful training and while being managed by somebody else who was flying just as much by the seat of their pants. This ...more
David Brunelle
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So you're an engineering manager now. Chances are you have a track record of delivering incredible work and you know how to get things done. But now you're responsible for a team of other humans and helping them deliver their best work. If you're anything like me, you will quickly recognize that what made you an excellent individual contributor is insufficient for managing teams and leading people.

But you have something that I didn't: Lara Hogan delivers a concise, well-written intro on how to
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You don’t have to be a manager to benefit from this extremely well-organized and practical book. So many offerings in this genre are a series of scattered anecdotes around one central idea, leaving the exercise of extracting the valuable and actionable nuggets as an exercise for the reader.

Resilient Management is well-written, without fluff. The first part introduces the basic needs of a team (BICEPS), and the following chapters build on that framework. There’s a practical example for each
Mike Gunderloy
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A short (just over 100 pages) book for new engineering managers. I know many managers who should read this. Unfortunately most of them probably won't, because Lara focuses on all the squishy stuff about building trust and helping your team and getting past the forming and norming stages, rather than on cookbook recipes for managing projects and figuring out velocity. If you're managing people rather than robots, and especially if you're not already familiar with things like the BICEPS model, or ...more
Mathias Meyer
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mngmnt, read-in-2019
This is a great reference to have on your desk especially as a new manager. But even a seasoned manager may find some good nuggets in here and things to go back to every now and then to reset and reflect. It’s full of practical advice. One could almost say the book is 96 written pages that only contain practical advice, in the very best way.
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-learning
Lovely book for leaders & aspiring managers, does not waste any time & gets straight to the point.

My personal main take-aways:

* Stages of team development: Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing
* Core needs on the workplace: BICEPS (belonging, improvement, choice, equality, predictability, significance) (Paloma Medina)
* Manager hats: mentor, coach, sponsor, feedback
* "first team" mindset & building your Manager Voltron
Hugo Lopes
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm a first time manager and this book has lots of actionable items on every chapter. I'm already applying what I read in the book! I also recommend you check out Lara Hogan's blog, it has shorter supplemental teachings.
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've read a lot of books about managing people; this is one of the best. It's quite tactical and practical and is loaded with ground-level guidance about how to intervene with the people who report to you. But what is quite striking about the book is how it thinks about the different modes of one-on-one people management: The book draws shrewd distinctions between the quite different roles of mentoring, coaching, and sponsoring (chapter 2).

For Hogan, mentoring is when you advise. Coaching
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
## Why I picked it up ##

Because my bookclub wanted to read it.

## Who recommended it to me ##

Megan and Virtual Andy. They're both reading it right now and said it was good.

## Who I'd recommend it to ##

New managers, and seasoned ones looking for some reminders, refreshers, practical tips and tricks. Little of the content is specific to engineering, but some of it is specific to product development.

## What I liked ##

Short. Quick read. A lot of content packed in. Long list of Resources at the back.
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must have regardless whether you are a manager, want to become a manager, reporting to a manager, or just in general work with other humans. Lara Hogan puts down so much useful insights and wonderfully helpful guiding questions and suggestions that I don’t think there is anyone who wouldn’t benefit from reading it. The common thread throughout the whole book is understanding humans and using that to be effective at work (and to be honest also outside). Be it mentoring, coaching, ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is loaded with insights, valuable direction, and powerful food for thought and introspection. I’ve been reading through it slowly, taking time to ponder and process almost every page, and how it relates to my team and environment and challenges. I especially love the ideas she puts forth for finding what various audiences optimize for, so you can suit your message to that; the points of authenticity and how to grow and adapt your values and expectations for yourself as your needs ...more
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
There are some nice gems in the book and I really appreciate Lara putting this together in a well structured and concise way. I particularly enjoyed the focus on folk's needs, the framing on a manager's job in the four dimensions (mentoring, coaching, sponsoring and feedback) and reminders about underrepresented groups. I have found other tools (like the RACI matix, or the Tuckman model) outdated, irrelevant and sometimes dangerous. I would have loved more nuanced approach which reflected the ...more
Sebastian Gebski
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very nice book on modern engineering leadership - that's what I like :)

Lara doesn't pretend she has written a full almanac on all aspects of engineering - "RM" is focused on a few chosen (yet very important aspects): personal mgmt style, modes of team members' support, clarity when it comes to expectations, careful communication planning, etc. I love the way she presents the topics - as she's very good at framing concepts in simple conceptual models. I'm not saying she has invented them all
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
A useful book for someone who's been a manager for a little while, and is looking to up their game. It's only 100 pages, but it packs a lot of value in those pages.
It feels like a book that's part of a series, but it's not the first in the series, and doesn't cover everything.

Minor niggles: would benefit from a clearer "story arc", and it needed a bit more proof-reading. Possibly a US/UK thing: Hogan refers to a manager's direct reports as *teammates*, which kept tripping me up mentally, as for
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lara’s book was great. I read it at the gym and it made me want to return the next day and keep reading so I could finish it! Although many of the examples or recommendations were about tech companies, I found ways to apply it to my work and my team in higher education. I plan to start thinking about my team’s needs using the frameworks and practicing other skills to effectively communicate with the team. Perhaps the most salient chapter was about how management can be more energy-draining. I ...more
Mason Jones
This is a brief book, but the content is nicely targeted. It's an interesting one to compare with other recent management books like "An Elegant Puzzle" -- rather than focusing on the mechanics of organization, scaling, and functional questions, "Resilient Management" is more about the people-management side. For many engineers who make the switch to management, how to handle the people they're now expected to guide, mentor, and grow is the hardest part of their new job. This book is a ...more
Christopher Litsinger
If you're looking at this book, you probably know who Lara Hogan is, and you'll probably enjoy the book. It's an interesting mix of standard-ish HR management 101 stuff (storming, forming, norming, performing) with Hogan's super insightful perspective. If you've read Hogan's internet work; you'll see more of the same here (and some old favorites).
It's a super short read, targeted mostly to new manager, but with some value for anyone.
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was obviously a book I read for work. Lara Hogan's management resources had been recommended to me when I started my new job. After poking around her blog and website, I decided to buy myself her book. I thought it was relatable and helpful and made me feel more secure in moving into my new job.
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: engineering
Nice book, full of clear, actionable and well structured advices. Enjoyed it!

Expectations should not be too high though. The book is not a groundbreaking milestone, rather a short from-the-trenches guide.

Many ideas are illustraded in Lara's blog as well - which organically extends the book and can be read side by side.
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
The advice is very practical and while I'm not in love with every idea in the book, it seems like a good starting point at least. The book reads like it is a series of blog posts turned into a book. The context is big American/Silicon Valley tech companies.
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