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A practical, entertaining handbook for people who never expected to be bosses.
Plenty of managers never asked, expected, or trained to be put in charge of other people. But when it happens, these accidental bosses often find that learning to manage is like learning to swim by being dropped into the deep end of the pool.
Hank Gilman knows what that's like. As a top editor for Fortune, Newsweek, and the Boston Globe, he has helped nurture some outstanding talent. His success can be attributed largely to his management style, which allows him to treat his employees like, well, humans, while holding them accountable. But he was far from a natural when it was time to take charge.
Gilman shares the lessons he's learned-through trial and error-during his two decades as a manager in one of the craziest businesses on the planet. Writing in a warm but no-nonsense voice, he offers straight-up advice on the ins and outs of hiring, firing, motivating, and dealing with cranky superstars.
Gilman argues that your employees should always come first-and that managing down, as opposed to managing up, will ultimately lead to a successful career as a boss.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.82(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About 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.
Table of Contents
Author's Note 1
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