Bringing Up the Boss: Practical Lessons for New Managers

Bringing Up the Boss: Practical Lessons for New Managers

by Rachel Pacheco
Bringing Up the Boss: Practical Lessons for New Managers

Bringing Up the Boss: Practical Lessons for New Managers

by Rachel Pacheco


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Managing is hard. Managing for the first time is even harder.

First-timers want to quickly learn what it takes to be a successful manager—like they learned how to code, how to design, how to sell—and put those learnings into practice. But what does it mean to manage, and how do you teach someone to be a good manager?

Enter Rachel Pacheco, an expert at helping start-ups solve their management and culture challenges. Pacheco, a former chief people officer and founding team executive at multiple start-ups, conducts research on management and works with CEOs and their managers to build the skills necessary to navigate a rapidly scaling organization.

In Bringing Up the Boss: Practical Lessons for New Managers, you’ll learn how to give effective feedback, how to motivate your team members, and how to hire and fire well, among many other critical management skills. You’ll also learn what it means to manage yourself in this new role, and how to navigate the often awkward and sometimes challenging situations that arise in this new position.

Pacheco shares what makes a manager great, along with anecdotes, research, tools, and how-to's that help overwhelmed employees become expert managers fast.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781637745175
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 10/24/2023
Pages: 308
Sales rank: 210,224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Rachel Pacheco, PhD, is a management author, lecturer, and researcher at The Wharton School. She is passionate about teaching people what it takes to be great managers and coaching executives and leaders on how to build thriving teams and organizations. At Wharton, Rachel conducts research on management—specifically on power and conflict—and is a member of the teaching faculty. She is also a founding faculty member of the Entrepreneurship in Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches multiple courses for budding entrepreneurs that focus on the practical side of working in a small organization.

Additionally, Rachel serves on the board of advisors for numerous start-ups, primarily in the digital health and wellness space. A former chief people officer, she was on the executive teams of start-ups in the healthcare and big data space. She holds a PhD and MBA from The Wharton School and a BS from Georgetown University.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“A surprisingly useful, surprisingly funny guide to being a first-time manager—by a manager turned management professor.”
Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again

“I only wish that Bringing Up the Boss had been around when I got my first promotion to manager. The tools in this book are accessible and easy-to-use—I immediately put them into practice on my own teams. This is required reading for first-time and senior managers.”
—Fiona Greig, President, JP Morgan Chase Institute

“Behind any great organization are strong managers who can motivate and inspire their teams. Over the course of my career, I’ve realized that the ability to do so is not innate, but learned. Bringing Up the Boss helps new and established managers quickly gain these skills and immediately apply them to their day-to-day.” 
—Stephan Jacob, Co-Founder and COO, Cotopaxi

“Start-ups are inherently crazy. Bringing Up the Boss is a great guide to help make them a little more sane by focusing on what managers in these high-growth companies need to do to succeed.”
—Andrew Savage, Founding Team & Head of Sustainability, Lime

“The lessons in Bringing Up the Boss are not unique to start-ups. Managers and leaders in the nonprofit world have needed an accessible book like this for years. Any person in a position of management will gain new insights and wisdom from this book.”
—Janet Dalziell, former International Director of People and Culture, Greenpeace

“Rachel Pacheco expertly helps new managers learn the ropes with bite-sized lessons on how to effectively manage, lead, and inspire through change, particularly in high-growth start-ups.”
—Katherine Ryder, Founder and CEO, Maven Clinic

“When I started Wellthy, I quickly realized how challenging—and crucial—it is to train up new managers in a fast-growing environment. Bringing Up the Boss is required reading for leaders and managers alike, and especially for a person managing in a fast-growing company.”
—Lindsay Jurist-Rosner, Founder and CEO, Wellthy

“Over the course of my career, I've learned the key to any great ensemble is open communication and honest, thoughtful feedback. Bringing Up the Boss acts as my conductor's score—instructing me how to do both and so much more. It’s full of easily digestible nuggets of wisdom for real-world application on and off the stage.”
—Joseph Conyers, Bassist, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Faculty, The Juilliard School

“Whether you're managing dozens, a handful or just one employee, Bringing Up the Boss will help you sharpen the skills you need to build and maintain a strong, happy team." 
—Erin Lowry, author of the three-part Broke Millennial series

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