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How To Supervise: What Your Boss Never Told You Before You Took The Job: The Step-By-Step Guide For New (And Seasoned) Managers [Kindle Edition]

Dianne Shaddock
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Book Description

Your Boss Thinks That You Have The Leadership Skills To Manage Your Employees

It’s true… Your boss expects you to be adept at everything from hiring cracker-jack employees to keeping the peace in the workplace.

But the truth is, managing employees effectively and with confidence is a learned skill.

And just how do you learn how to supervise people, or master employee hiring and management best practices, if no one has guided and mentored you along the way?

Most people quite frankly are hired into leadership positions because of their technical experience. Because they're bright. Because they are take charge people who make things happen.

But that doesn't mean that you can automatically navigate the sometimes murky waters of supervising a staff of employees - especially if no one has guided and mentored you along the way.

This information-packed employee hiring and management reference guide, highlights the strategies that will help you to manage your employees with confidence.

If you are...

• Consumed with dread when faced with addressing a performance issue with your employee...

• Feel lost or uncertain about best management practices when it comes to hiring the right candidate the first time, managing employee morale, or the annual review process for your staff...

Then this step-by-step guide is for you. It doesn't matter that you are a new supervisor, or an experienced supervisor.

You'll learn how to:

• Master the art of difficult employee conversations, regardless of the issue using the "Employee Problem Solving Formula" ©

• Develop the strategies that will help you to hire the best person for your job the first time, (instead of using your “gut” to make hiring decisions)

• Navigate the awkward position of managing employees that you've inherited from a former manager

• Motivate and engage your employees which increases productivity

• Quickly determine when you need to fire employees - and the best way to do it

• Gain your employees' respect

And much more!

"How to Supervise...:" shares strategies that are direct, straightforward, and easy to implement in today's workplace. No fluff, or confusing HR jargon.

Whether you're a new manager, or you've been around the employee management block a few times, it's the “How To Manage” leadership reference guide that you are sure to refer to again and again.

What others are saying...

Dianne expertly guides managers in resolving pressing issues as well as preventing potential ones. Her, easy to implement, no-nonsense approach to workplace challenges and crisp delivery of proven strategies for dealing with workplace problems while optimizing individual and group performance is a valuable addition to any manager’s toolkit.

Asher Adelman
Eboss Watch.com


This book is a wealth of knowledge for anyone who leads or supervises employees. “How to Supervise” outlines obstacles which managers are faced with everyday and details how to overcome them, to provide for a healthy workplace. Dianne uses hypothetical situations to create real-life situations in which the employer is walked through step-by-step how to address specific issues. From hiring and managing to keeping employees engaged, How to Supervise is a must read for any manager!

Tomeeka Farrington,
Principal, Spotlight Communications

About the Author
I've seen first-hand the things that trip managers up when it comes to hiring and managing employees.

I have more than 20 years of expertise as a human resources consultant, working with managers at all levels. From small businesses with one employee, to large companies with thousands of staff, I've helped leadership to simplify the employee hiring and management experience.

Check out my popular blog and iTunes podcast; both focused on helping busy managers and small business owners with the employee hiring and management process from A - Z:

Blog: EasySmallBusinessHR.com
iTunes Podcast:


Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Dianne Shaddock is a self described "HR Nerd". She loves all things HR and has helped managers navigate through the "tricky" waters of employee management at several large organizations and through small business consulting in the Northeast for over 20 years. Dianne's first book, "How To Supervise: What Your Boss Never Told You Before You Took the Job" is an easy to read "how to" guide written for both the new and seasoned supervisor. Dianne has a popular HR blog, Easy Small Business HR.com, and shares her sage employee management advice on iTunes through the podcast, "Employee Hiring and Managing Tips". Dianne's second step-by-step "Quick Fix HR: How To Find and Hire The Best Employees A Step-By-Step Employee Hiring Guide" is available on Amazon She's currently working on a book of tips for job seekers. Dianne has become quite adept at internet marketing which spawned another website: Tools For Social Media.com Be sure to follow Dianne on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/Dianne_ESBHR and on her Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/ESBHR

Product Details

  • File Size: 2635 KB
  • Print Length: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Dianne Shaddock; 2 edition (March 17, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0068UHSTM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,144 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to Supervise January 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
How to Supervise is a very informative, educational book about managing people in the work place. It is written by Dianne Shaddock who was once a new supervisor and through training and mentoring developed in to an expert on the subject. She gives tips on how to be successful in hiring, supervising, and motivating staff. The book helps develope leadership skills with which to managed employees successfully. It gives advice on hiring and firing strategies as well as managing difficult employees. The book lists challenges for new supervisors and how to deal with them effectively. As a new manager I found the book extremely helpful.
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2.0 out of 5 stars So Poorly Edited! February 6, 2013
By Robin
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The book has some good points, if pretty basic. If there are supervisors out there who don't know these things, they should definitely get it from somewhere... but I would have appreciated a bit more depth and nuance. On the up side, it is a quick read.

The thing I must note, though, is how poorly edited the book is. There are spelling errors, grammatical mistakes, and typos throughout. It is pretty distracting at points, and detracts from the credibility of the author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Concise and relevant for today's workplace April 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Ms Shaddock has written a great initial resource that anyone interested in management should read. It is refreshing to read why she wrote this - she wanted to help new managers avoid mistakes. One could easily use this book at a jumping off point with her lists starting with what not to ask or what to avoid in an interview all the way to writing performance reviews. Most supervisors would likely agree that critiquing and reviewing employees is likely the hardest part of a position.

That said there are some weak areas. Perhaps because it may have been prudent to avoid having an overlong tome Ms Shaddock failed to include some things that would be very useful such as specific questions one SHOULD ask during an interview. Your option there are links to podcasts but not everyone has the opportunity to enjoy them.

Overall I would recommend this to anyone considering moving up to management. I'm not entirely sure seasoned managers would benefit from reading this unless they are looking for ways to motivate junior staff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great "How to" book- read suggestions March 31, 2012
By mamaof4
Format:Kindle Edition
"How to Supervise" by Diane Shaddock is a real "how-to" book on managing and supervising employees in the work place. Written after 20 years of HR experience, Shaddock has a wealth of information to share with the reader. She shares real world examples of good and poor situations in various aspects of the supervisior's span of control from hiring to firing and everything in between.

There is a lot of praticale step by step information to really get the job done. This would be a good book for college management class or to use in a work shop for training new supervisiors. In addition, it is a good reference manual to keep on the shelf to use when an new situation arises.

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book by Book Review services. All opinions expressed are my own.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chock full of helpful resources! May 13, 2014
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This book was a very informative read. It used great examples and had many helpful links to other books, sites, and podcasts that helped drive home the important points. First time managers or supervisors, or anyone who has struggled with managing people, would be well served to read this book.
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By TR Wynn
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This books helps in a lot of aspects of supervising. I learned a lot by reading this book that I had never been taught by previous managers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Read January 20, 2014
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Very informative by a very qualified author. Very helpful. Worth the read. Don't miss out by skipping this great resource.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent but contains MP3 files March 17, 2013
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This is a fairly decent guide but it contains MP3 audio files that I can't open on my Kindle, so I don't have access to all the information I paid for when I purchased this book.
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More About the Author

Dianne Shaddock is a Massachusetts resident and self described "HR Nerd". She loves all things HR and has helped managers navigate through the "tricky" waters of employee management at several large organizations and through small business consulting in the Northeast for over 20 years.

Dianne's first book, "How To Supervise: What Your Boss Never Told You Before You Took the Job" is an easy to read "how to" guide written for both the new and seasoned supervisor. Dianne has a popular HR blog, Easy Small Business HR.com, and shares her sage employee management advice on iTunes through the podcast, "Employee Hiring and Managing Tips".

She just completed the hiring guide: "Quick Fix HR: How To Find and Hire The Best Employees A Step-By-Step Employee Hiring Guide", available on Amazon and is currently working on a book of tips for job seekers.

Dianne has become quite adept at internet marketing which spawned another website: Tools For Social Media.com

Be sure to follow Dianne on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/Dianne_ESBHR and on her Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/ESBHR

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