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Managing (Right) for the First Time Hardcover – June 10, 2010
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I managed a publishing house and mail order book house from 1983-1988 and then owned and ran a marketing firm from 1988-1994.
Since 1994, I've been an author, speaker, and advisor, providing business insight to expert marketing firms worldwide. I have consulted with dozens of Fortune 500 companies and 800+ marketing firms.
I live in Nashville, TN with my wife Julie. We have two grown boys: Jonathan lives in Atlanta and Nathan lives in Nashville.
I play racquetball, ride fast motorcycles, love photography (see ReTake website), and enjoy aviation (I'm a helicopter and airplane pilot).
I speak to, write for, and consult with the marketing industry via ReCourses, Inc. I've worked with more than 600 firms individually and thousands of people have been through our seminars.
I own RockBench Publishing Corp., a traditional and electronic publisher of thought leadership content.
My work has been featured multiple times in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, USA Today, and two dozen others.
I am a frequent speaker at multiple TEDx events, Harvard, and dozens of conferences each year.
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Top Customer Reviews
In other words, this is written by a thoughtful, experienced, and articulate leader rather than a self-appointed guru. If you're like me, it's exactly the kind of advice that is helpful.
So reading this book is a bit of a tough go for me, as it feels a little like a movie that is reviewing many of the rough bits in my managerial life. How I wish I had this book back then! But reading this book also gives me hope, because I read some topics and think, "Well, at least now I'm handling that situation right (most of the time)."
I got better at those situations by making mistakes, but you don't HAVE to make mistakes to get better, if you have someone showing you HOW to do it better, and someone telling you the reason (the WHY). I think of the HOW and the WHY as accumulated wisdom, the kind of advice that the best manager you ever had would give you, if s/he were sitting on your shoulder when those tough situations come up.
This book is full of accumulated wisdom. David's been working with managers and firms for decades, and I get the sense he's seen all of the common mistakes and most of the rare ones. I know that he works with and interviews both managers and employees, and when you read this book you get a clear sense that the issues have been thought through from both points of view. In fact, there is one chapter that reads like it was written from the employee's point of view (for example: "Give all of us a chance to work on the best projects.").Read more ›
It is also now required reading for anyone in my company that thinks they would make a good manager.
It made me laugh out loud in some parts and in others made me realize that I'm not the only one that feels lonely at times being a manager. It also inspires me to be a better leader.
Kathy Cain, Zehno Cross Media Communications
Highlights include; how do deal with detractors (those people who are less than thrilled with your promotion to manager), how to manage your relationship with your boss, how to deal with loneliness (and why you should be experiencing this), the distinction between `doing' and `managing' (in my experience the greatest challenge for new managers), how to create an environment where employees thrive, a truly excellent (and challenging) chapter on `moving beyond reluctant leadership' and some very neat, `kind but direct' advice to control freaks.
The author states that the book is based on working with hundreds of small businesses, thousands of surveys and follow-up interviews. That depth of research is evident in the best practice advice given and the experiences shared. In summary this book is a pleasure to read, very insightful and practical - a `must read' for both new and experienced managers.
David puts at all together in an easy (and entertaining) format and covers everything from becoming a manager to maintaining a work/life balance and everything in between. In 21 short, but content rich chapters he covers - hiring the right people, integrating employees, creating an impactful culture, and even helps you determine what kind of manager you are -including characteristics of a great leader - and every chapter gives you solid advice and tips. If you're a control freak like me - you'll find that chapter particularly resonating!
And for those that think that you've got it all covered and you're already an excellent manager/leader/boss - well - look again...this book will make you really look at yourself and think about how you could be better.
This is the kind of information you wish you had learned in school or that someone gave you this book before you started on the crazy (but fun) managing adventure. And hey, at least it helps you confirm that there's some stuff you've been doing right all along -- and then there's helpful hints to make all the other areas - that much better!)
Other than saying that I highly recommend this book, I can honestly say that this is probably the best management book I've ever read.
President | FunctionFox Systems
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Often makes declarations without support, the anecdotes often don't line up with the point he's trying to make, and several of the chapters read like a listicle.Published 13 months ago by E. Ramsey
I read this book after I had been a manager for some time and i still found this book very useful. It has some great basic information for all levels of management. Read morePublished on May 19, 2013 by Kindle Customer
I read this cover to cover in a day. It was engaging and informative. As I endeavor to grow my design firm, this information is just what I need to manage my new hires. Read morePublished on January 1, 2013 by H. Cox
I reference this book often, very well written with tons of no nonsense useful advice. I have given it as gifts to some of my managers as well.Published on December 21, 2012 by F Javier Cortés
There are no head-snapping revelations in this book, nor does David Baker make any such claim. His purpose is to provide cohesive, comprehensive, and cost-effective coverage of... Read morePublished on July 11, 2012 by Robert Morris
Managing right for the first time is a valuable resource for anyone moving into a managerial role, especially for those managing creatives. Read morePublished on May 30, 2012 by Archie
This book is very well written. Funny, informative, down-to-earth and real. He writes in a way that makes you feel like he doesn't have all of the answers, which no one does, but... Read morePublished on February 24, 2012 by Notamanager
I really liked this book because it was loaded with practical advice and actionable things for a new leader. Read morePublished on January 19, 2012 by trugroupscott
My sister was recently promoted and recommended this book to me after I just received a management position. She said "It is the only book you will ever need". I agree. Read morePublished on August 26, 2011 by Newly Promoted