Welcome to Management: How to Grow From Top Performer to Excellent Leader

Welcome to Management: How to Grow From Top Performer to Excellent Leader

Welcome to Management: How to Grow From Top Performer to Excellent Leader

Welcome to Management: How to Grow From Top Performer to Excellent Leader


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“The ultimate all-in-one guide to becoming a great leader.” —Daniel Pink

From the creator and host of The Learning Leader Show, “the most dynamic leadership podcast out there” (Forbes) that will “help you lead smarter” (Inc.), comes an essential tactical guide for newly promoted managers.

Every year, millions of top performers are promoted to management-level jobs—only to discover that the tactics that got them promoted are not the tactics that will make them effective in their new role. In Welcome to Management, Ryan Hawk provides practical, actionable advice and tools designed to ensure that transition is a successful one.

He presents a new actionable three-part framework distilled from best practices drawn from in-depth interviews with over 300 of the most forward-thinking leaders around the world, as well as his own professional experience going from exceptional individual producer to new leader. Learn how to:

lead yourself: build skills and earn credibility. Compliance can be commanded, but commitment cannot. People reserve their full capacity for emotional commitment for leaders they find credible, and credibility must be earned.
build your team: develop a healthy and sustainable culture of mutual trust and respect that creates cohesion. This includes effective hiring and firing practices.
lead your team: set a clear strategy and vision for your team, communicate effectively, and ultimately drive the results the organization is counting on your team to deliver.

Through case studies, hundreds of interviews, and personal stories, the book will help high performers make the leap from individual contributor to manager with greater ease, grace, courage, and effectiveness. Welcome to management!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781260458053
Publisher: McGraw Hill LLC
Publication date: 01/28/2020
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 211,644
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ryan Hawk is a keynote speaker, author, advisor, and the host of The Learning Leader Show, which Forbes called “the most dynamic leadership podcast out thereand Inc. magazine recognized on its list of “5 Podcasts to Make You a Smarter Leader.” Featuring interviews with hundreds of bestselling authors and world-renowned corporate, athletic, and military leaders, the show has millions of listeners in more than 150 countries.

As head of Brixey & Meyer’s leadership advisory practice, Ryan speaks regularly at Fortune 500 companies, works with teams and players in the NFL, NBA, and NCAA, and facilitates Leadership Circles that offer structured guidance and collaborative feedback to new and experienced leaders.

Ryan was a high school, college, and professional quarterback and captain. When he transitioned to the corporate world, he advanced professionally from award-winning individual contributor to vice president of sales for a multibillion-dollar company.

A lifelong student of leadership, Ryan draws upon his experiences, empirical evidence, and expert insights to strive for continuous improvement in his own life and to inspire other leaders to achieve and sustain excellence. He is passionate about helping others to become humble servant leaders who build committed organizations, as intentionally and painlessly as possible.

For more information about Ryan Hawk, visit LearningLeader.com

Table of Contents

But Where to Begin?

The First Promotion
Becoming the Learning Leader


1 Lead Yourself on the Inside
The Starting Point: Self-Awareness
The Role of Curiosity
Building Your Learning Machine
The Cycle of Learning: The Operating Framework
It’s All About Mindset

2 Lead Yourself on the Outside
Why Self-Discipline Matters
What Self-Discipline Looks Like
Response Management
Your Presence Is Required
Managing Your Time
Habits: The Power of Subconscious Action
Win the Morning
Preparation: The Greatest Medicine for Fear
Details Matter


3 Cultivate the Culture
The Essence of Culture 69
Earning the Right to Lead
The Elements of Respect
Respect Defined
Competition as Culture
Perception Rules
Putting These Ideas into Action
Dealing with Resistance

4 Manage the Roster
The Power of Who
Managing the Team You Inherit
Hiring: What Are You Looking For?
Firing: When Pruning Is Required
The Great Performer Paradox


5 Spread the Message
The Power of Story
How Much and How Often

6 Make the Grade
Results Matter
“You Have to Do All Three”
The Freedom of Humility
Managing Up

Conclusion: The Payoff

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