SUDDENLY IN CHARGE is the quintessential guidebook for helping leaders succeed in the ever-changing, exhilarating world of management.
Volatility in the workplace is not a passing fad. It’s the new norm. The sooner you prepare for these seismic shifts, the better chance you’ll have of coming out unscathed.
In an ideal world, new managers would be groomed for their new role. However, this is rarely the case. People go to bed one evening as a member of the team and wake up the next morning to find themselves managing the team. One of the most challenging and critical tasks new managers face is striking a balance between managing down—dealing with employees—and managing up—reporting to bosses. To add to concerns, there are scores of replacements waiting should you fail.
Newly minted managers aren’t the only ones who can benefit from SUDDENLY IN CHARGE. Though experienced leaders may think they know what a new manager is going through, the truth is that they likely don’t. SUDDENLY IN CHARGE will help bring veteran managers up-to-date on what it’s like to be newly in charge in the tumultuous world of business today.
In SUDDENLY IN CHARGE, I challenge leaders to think about spending less time mastering the tactical aspects of their jobs and instead focus on building strong relationships that will help them ultimately succeed. The book contains candid conversations with those who have found themselves suddenly tossed into management, as well as a rare glimpse of what C-level executives really expect from their people. Included are interviews with executives of Fortune 500 companies from Best Buy, Inc., Yankee Candle and Bausch and Lomb.
This book is uniquely designed to provide managers with one playbook they can reference throughout their careers. Comprised of sections devoted to managing up and down, SUDDENLY IN CHARGE is two books in one, written so readers can familiarize themselves with the strategies necessary to excel at one role and then flip the book over to learn how to master the other role.
Managing Up emphasizes the importance of managing relationships efficiently — understanding the boss’s style of management; dealing with dictatorial, indecisive, or otherwise difficult bosses; promotions; asking for raises; and knowing when it’s time to leave.
Managing Down helps the new manager become a credible and effective leader, with a wealth of tips on building productive relationships with employees, hiring and firing, staying sane during difficult conflicts, and evaluating employee performance.
"Whether you read this book from front to back or back to front, whether you are the new boss or the new subordinate, you'll be better at what you do, and you'll feel elevated as a result - no matter what's on your business card."
Alan Weiss, PhD
Author, Million Dollar Consulting and Thrive!
President, Summit Consulting Group, Inc.
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