You Can't Fire Everyone: And Other Lessons from an Accidental Manager

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When Hank Gilman started his career, he aspired to be a great journalist. But just a few years later, he became an editor and suddenly found himself in charge of a slew of difficult reporters—without a clue how to manage them.

Plenty of managers start out this way, never asking, expecting, or training to be responsible for others. These accidental bosses often find that learning to manage is like learning to swim by being dropped into the deep ...

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You Can't Fire Everyone: And Other Lessons from an Accidental Manager

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Overview

When Hank Gilman started his career, he aspired to be a great journalist. But just a few years later, he became an editor and suddenly found himself in charge of a slew of difficult reporters—without a clue how to manage them.

Plenty of managers start out this way, never asking, expecting, or training to be responsible for others. These accidental bosses often find that learning to manage is like learning to swim by being dropped into the deep end of the pool.

Now the deputy managing editor at Fortune, Gilman learned the hard way about what makes a good boss. He shares his insights from the good, bad, ugly, entertaining, and sometimes just plain bizarre stories from more than two decades in the management trenches.

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A breezy, enjoyable debut that recalls the trials, tribulations and successes of a veteran editor, with advice for others seeking the same career.

Lifelong newsmanGilman looks back on his career, much of it spent as an editor at the Wall Street Journal,NewsweekandFortune, and shares tips for managing the creative types that fill newsrooms and other lessons learned in the executive suite. The author is a good storyteller, and his guide to successful management is punctuated with enough personal anecdotes so that the book reads as part memoir, part instruction manual. Readers receive a window into the backrooms of some of the world's most renowned news organizations. AtNewsweek, they used to ask, "How would you feel about it if that appeared on Page Six?" cautioning "Imagine what your decisions would look like to others"—words to live by for anyone in this age of careless e-mails, Facebook entries and Twitter.Gilman breaks his chapters into small, digestible bites that keep the narrative moving and dishes up a smorgasbord of useful advice in a conversational style peppered with self-deprecating humor. Although the author's experience is in the media field, his tips can be applied to most industries.

Useful tool for managers at all levels, and solid insights for everyone else.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591845676
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 963,319
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Hank Gilman is the deputy managing editor of Fortune. Over his career, he has worked at The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and The Beaufort Gazette (South Carolina). (His favorite job.) He has also been a regular commentator on The Nightly Business Report on PBS.

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Table of Contents

Author's Note 1

Introduction 3

Chapter 1 Friendless 11

Chapter 2 Recruiting and Managing "the Talent" 27

Chapter 3 The Cardinal Sins of Hiring (and the Dumb Things You Do Right After) 51

Chapter 4 You're Fired! 77

Chapter 5 Optics, or Paying Attention to How Things Look 99

Chapter 6 The Well-Behaved Manager 119

Chapter 7 Managing in a Crisis 141

Chapter 8 The Modern Manager 155

Chapter 9 There's No Such Thing as a Small Role 171

Chapter 10 Director's Cut 181

Postscript 205

Acknowledgments 209

Index 213

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