Accidental Manager: Get the Skills You Need to Excel in Your New Career

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Every day, people are promoted into the ranks of management . . . even if they never intended to become managers. They agree to their new responsibilities either to stay employed or to make more money. It is a universal phenomenon. But for these "accidental managers," it makes more sense to manage well than to manage badly, and this book tells them how.
Using examples and real-life case studies, The Accidental...
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Overview

Every day, people are promoted into the ranks of management . . . even if they never intended to become managers. They agree to their new responsibilities either to stay employed or to make more money. It is a universal phenomenon. But for these "accidental managers," it makes more sense to manage well than to manage badly, and this book tells them how.
Using examples and real-life case studies, The Accidental Manager gives readers the tools they need to make the most of their situation, showing them how to:

* Develop their people by having them work on their own and with others
* Actively listen in order to build trust and increase communication
* Give positive and constructive feedback to keep employees on track
* Motivate by providing the best possible environment for each team member

The book reveals the ten worst types of managers (and how to avoid being one of them), and features a special Management Assessment tool. The Accidental Manager gives managers the skills they need to shine in their new — accidental — positions.


About the Author:
Gary S. Topchik (Los Angeles, CA) is the managing partner of SilverStar Enterprises, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in management development. An internationally active speaker, he is the author of Managing Workplace Negativity.

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Editorial Reviews

BookPage
Topchik's book is great for dealing with accidental promotions or learning to manage an office Dogbert.
Potentials
Here's a well-written and easy-to-read book for managers who may or may not have been angling for the position, but have nonetheless found themselves there.
Clinical Leadership & Management
Gary Topchik gives new managers immediate answers to the questions they are bound to have when taking on new challenges like delegating responsibility, offering feedback, and leading a team....The Accidental Manager gives managers the skills they need to shine in their new - and unexpected - positions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814471807
  • Publisher: AMACOM
  • Publication date: 3/9/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary S. Topchik (Los Angeles, CA) is the managing partner of SilverStar Enterprises, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in management development. An internationally active speaker, he is the author of Managing Workplace Negativity.

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Table of Contents

" 1. You Are an Accidental Manager (That’s Okay)

2. The All-Time Worst Manager List

3. The Key to Success: Do Nothing

4. The Platinum Skill of Developing Your Team Members

5. The Platinum Skill of Active Listening

6. The Platinum Skill of Giving and Receiving Feedback

7. The Platinum Skill of Creating a Motivational Climate

8. How Organizations Can Turn Accidental Managers Into Successful Ones

Appendix: Management Assessment"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2003

    Incredibly Practical and Helpful

    For anyone making the transition from staff to management this book is crucial. I identified with everything that Gary S. Topchik was saying and the skills discussed in the book will help me tremendously.

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