ABOUT THE BOOK: A common sense guide for new, first time managers, helping you understand the transition from being a doer at work to a leader of your team; written from first hand experiences offered by author, banker, and entrepreneur, Doug Thorpe. This is a collection of practical principles, ideas, tips, and life hacks to help new managers thrive.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am an entrepreneur, author, speaker, and mentor for new managers. I have a passion to guide new, first time managers; helping them find health, wealth and happiness while they master the demands of learning how to lead others. Be watchful...there are two of us who write under the name Doug Thorpe. I'm the business guy, he's the professor.
My early years as a banker showed me a lot about many different kinds of business. Then, as an entrepreneur, I had the chance to build several companies. At the core of these ventures were the people who made things work. Leading them was my toughest challenge, but also the biggest blessing.
You are the newest addition to the long line of business leaders who have made our country great! I want to share these valuable lessons with you.
If you have questions about being a manager or feel stuck where you are, you have found the right place to get answers.
In addition to writing and speaking, Doug Thorpe provides business coaching and consulting services. His clients are companies and business leaders seeking fresh ideas for the development of new managers and high-potential leaders, C-suite one-on-one, and team development. In particular, he promotes the concept of finding a balance between work, life, and faith. His firm is called HeadwayExec, LLC.
Thorpe is active on the Internet and social media. He’d love to connect with you at HeadwayExec.com, DougThorpe.com, on Twitter @RealDougThorpe, on his HeadwayExec Facebook page, or on LinkedIn.
I think this is an extremely useful guide for any manager, new or experienced. The title “Common Sense” is accurate. I’ve learned, though, that what one person thinks is common sense, another person would never have thought of, or wouldn’t think was important. In fact, common sense seems to be something a lot of people are lacking.
For a new manager being promoted within a company, there is a lot for them to change and get used to. As the book says, it is no longer about them but about their employees. They are doing less of the work they were used to doing before, and doing a lot more of managing people, which requires different skills.
I like that the book uses examples and anecdotes. These help liven up the reading, and also help the point be more applicable, or understood better, by the reader.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for a review. I was not required to post a positive review, and all opinions are my own.