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The making of a manager : what to do when everyone looks to you
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Congratulations, you're a manager! After you pop the champagne, accept the shiny new title, and step into this thrilling next chapter of your career, the truth descends like a fog: you don't really know what you're doing .

That's exactly how Julie Zhuo felt when she became a rookie manager at the age of 25. She stared at a long list of logistics--from hiring to firing, from meeting to messaging, from planning to pitching--and faced a thousand questions and uncertainties. How was she supposed to spin teamwork into value? How could she be a good steward of her reports' careers? What was the secret to leading with confidence in new and unexpected situations?

Now, having managed dozens of teams spanning tens to hundreds of people, Julie knows the most important lesson of all: great managers are made, not born. If you care enough to be reading this, then you care enough to be a great manager.

The Making of a Manager is a modern field guide packed everyday examples and transformative insights, including:

* How to tell a great manager from an average manager (illustrations included)
* When you should look past an awkward interview and hire someone anyway
* How to build trust with your reports through not being a boss
* Where to look when you lose faith and lack the answers

Whether you're new to the job, a veteran leader, or looking to be promoted, this is the handbook you need to be the kind of manager you wish you had.
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In what is probably the most entertaining book about risk management ever written, economist Schrager expands upon her specialty in retirement planning to examine how risk is handled in unusual professions and what this can teach us about managing risk. True to the title, she opens the book by interviewing the owner and a few employees of a legal brothel in Nevada. The other occupations she explores are equally colorful: she visits those who invest in potential Hollywood blockbusters, watches the paparazzi watch celebrities, stays cool and logical with competitive poker players, explores the risks of a life of crime in New York City, looks at the benefits of diversification with thoroughbred-horse breeders in Kentucky, talks about hedging your bets with the CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines, thinks about the benefits of insurance with big-wave surfers in Hawaii, and speaks with General H. R. McMaster about planning for uncertainty in war. She makes complicated principles accessible so the lay reader can easily put them to use for retirement planning or everyday decision making.--Caren Nichter Copyright 2019 Booklist
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Great Managers Are Made, Not Bornp. 1
Chapter 1What Is Management?p. 13
Chapter 2Your First Three Monthsp. 37
Chapter 3Leading a Small Teamp. 55
Chapter 4The Art of Feedbackp. 81
Chapter 5Managing Yourselfp. 105
Chapter 6Amazing Meetingsp. 139
Chapter 7Hiring Wellp. 161
Chapter 8Making Things Happenp. 189
Chapter 9Leading a Growing Teamp. 215
Chapter 10Nurturing Culturep. 237
Epilogue: The Journey Is 1% Finishedp. 253
Acknowledgementsp. 257
Notesp. 261
Indexp. 267
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