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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: RockBench Publishing Corp.; First edition (June 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605440027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605440026
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A friend's request that you review his first book can prompt a range of emotions. On one hand, he's one of the smartest, well-reasoned successful and in-charge people you know. On the other, brilliant authors occasionally produce literary clunkers. It was that with a fair amount of procrastination, I prepared for the reading session. (After all, this was a business book I was about to read, not a Nelson DeMille novel). Within minutes, I found myself half way through the book. Because I know David, I could visualize him sitting across from a new manager, dispensing his counsel in his straight-foward, logical, no-nonsense manner. He writes with authority about the good and not-so-good reasons people are promoted into management roles; the pitfalls and opportunities; the importance of managing the relationship with one's boss; and the critical importance of understanding the core principles that guide successful managers. This book is not meant exclusively for the neophyte. Every manager can profit from it. Experienced managers can use it to assay the fineness of their managing. Moreover, hiring managers will find it an indispensable guide when they promote others to management. From watching David present to large audiences, reading his articles and conversing with him via email, I was certain the book would not be a pompous tome about the importance of motivation, formal employee development programs or organizational development theory. I was not disappointted, as it is wise, tested counsel, presented logically and understandably and immediately usable. --John Ranalletta, Senior Consultant at Advisa

Inc. Magazine just named this book one of the Top 10 Books that Entrepreneurs Should Read. That's quite an honor, and also a validation of the reviews above. --Inc. Magazine

About the Author

David C. Baker was born in Michigan, but lived in San Miguel Acatan, Guatemala with a tribe of Mayan indians until he was eighteen years old, after which he moved to the United States. He spent six years in graduate school, earning an advanced degree in ancient languages and theology. He has taught at the undergraduate and graduate level. David managed a publisher and mail order book house from 1983-1988 and then owned and ran a marketing firm in Warsaw, IN from 1988-1994. David lives in Nashville, TN with his wife Julie. They have two grown boys: Jonathan, who lives in Atlanta, and Nathan, who lives in Nashville. David enjoys playing racquetball, riding fast motorcycles, taking photographs (ReTake), and flying (he's a helicopter and airplane pilot). Since 1994, David has been a speaker, a writer, and a consultant for the marketing industry via his own firm (ReCourses). He has worked with more than 600 firms individually and thousands of people have been through his seminars. David founded RockBench Publishing Corp., a traditional and electronic publisher of courageous thought leadership content. He has been a featured speaker at nearly every marketing industry conference (HOW, AIGA, PRSA, Counselors Academy, MYOB, SEGD, BDA, PROMAX, Y, etc.), as well as a frequent contributor to nearly all the major publications that serve the marketing industry (Critique, Communication Arts, HOW, Rough, Creative Business, PR Intelligence Report, Creative Planet, In-Review, Graphic Artists Guild, Agency Insider Report, Post Industry, Internet Professional Publishers Association, etc.). He edited Persuading for its entire tenure of six years, earning accolades from subscribers all over the planet. His work has been discussed in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Inc. Magazine, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, Forbes, CBS Business Network, and MarketingProfs. He also contributed portions of Cameron Foote's The Business Side of Creativity, Robert Bly's Internet Direct Mail: The Complete Guide to Successful E-Mail Marketing Campaigns, and the new AIGA book on Professional Practices in Graphic Design. He has contributed to a dozen other publications by leading authors, and a recent three-part booklet series was published by NewPage: David C. Baker Speaks, and he has also written Financial Management of a Marketing Firm, also available on Amazon.

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I was born in Michigan, but lived in San Miguel Acatán, Guatemala with a tribe of Mayan indians until I was eighteen years old, after which I moved to the United States. I spent six years in graduate school, earning an advanced degree in ancient languages and theology. I've taught at the undergraduate and graduate level.

I managed a publishing house and mail order book house from 1983-1988 and then owned and ran a marketing firm from 1988-1994.

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, 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.
I am an avid photographer. You can see some of my photographs at ReTake.
I have been a featured speaker at nearly every marketing industry conference (HOW, AIGA, PRSA, Counselors Academy, MYOB, SEGD, BDA, PROMAX, Y, etc.).

I have been a frequent contributor to nearly all the major publications that serve the marketing industry (Critique, Communication Arts, HOW, Rough, Creative Business, PR Intelligence Report, Creative Planet, In-Review, Graphic Artists Guild, Agency Insider Report, Post Industry, Internet Professional Publishers Association, etc.). He edited Persuading for its entire tenure of six years, earning accolades from subscribers all over the planet.

My work have been discussed in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Inc. Magazine, and BusinessWeek. I have also contributed portions of Cameron Foote's The Business Side of Creativity, Robert Bly's Internet Direct Mail: The Complete Guide to Successful E-Mail Marketing Campaigns, and the new AIGA book on Professional Practices in Graphic Design. I have contributed to a dozen other publications by leading authors, and a recent three-part booklet series was published by NewPage, entitled David C. Baker Speaks.
I am the author of the forthcoming RockBench book titled Managing (Right) for the First Time, available via Amazon.

You may reach me via email: david@recourses.com

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It will likely make your life much, much better.
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While this book is described as a guide for first time managers, I also found it very helpful for an experienced entrepreneur.
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David's writing style is straightforward and personal.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen R. Cain on July 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
After being in business for almost 30 years, I found this book 100% accurate, informative and inspiring. It is an easy read and has something in just about every chapter that I can apply to managing my business to make it better.
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
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keri Daskam on June 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
David Baker writes like a mentor throughout the 200 pages of Managing Right for the First Time. He is confident in the knowledge he has to share, and consequently he doesn't waste time trying to justify himself with just-so case studies or second rate neuroscience.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Lenz on February 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have run a successful creative business for 18 years and in that time I have read many business books, but this is the best I've read for practical advice. It would have saved me many headaches through the years if I had known about it earlier. I recognized myself and my successes and blunders on every page. It would not be a waste of money to buy multiple copies and distribute them among your entire management team and tell them to take the content to heart. Even if you are an experienced manager, it is worth your time. The book is also very well-written, which makes it a pleasure to read. Richard J. Lenz, CEO, Lenz, Inc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah C. Durham on November 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
David C. Baker's book achieves that rare balance between practical, tactical useful tips and more thoughtful ideas to chew on as you build your managerial skills. For long time managers some of it is a refresher, but I still found lots of new content I could immediately put to use. He's also written the book in a way where you can dive in and out easily.
I particularly loved sections about things like questions to ask to get to the real person in an interview or how to train new hires.
Whether you're a seasoned manager or a newbie I think you'll find useful material here and a timeless classic for your management bookshelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matt Simpson on September 8, 2010
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David's take on business and people management is well reflected in this book. His approach and suggestions will help the first-time manager avoid common pitfalls and cause the most experienced manager to reflect on how to "do it better".

In this work, David paints a beautiful picture of how "it ought to be" and provides practical and easy-to-implement advice about how to get there one step at a time. Regardless of your position or profession, if you manage one soul or 100 you should read this book and heed David's advice. It will likely make your life much, much better. "Managing (Right) for the First Time" should be required reading for every business student.

Matt Simpson,
The Infusion Group
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Svet on September 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is an extraordinary book. It is easy to read, fun, refreshing, candid and truthful. It is unlike most other business books in that it is a field guide. Managing Right For The First Time is a book that you will look to on a regular basis for tips and reminders in managing day-to-day operations. I find that most business books identify one simple idea, give it a new name and hash through 200 pages of anecdotes. This book is different. It is well researched, well reasoned, thoughtful and very useful. Every manager should read it regularly.

David Baker is an astute adviser. I've had the privilege of working with him many times throughout my 30 plus years in business. His wisdom and understanding come from extensive field experience. He has seen a range of workplace drama that few could match. Managing Right distills that knowledge into a single source providing the clarity that is so sorely missing when becoming a manager. Read this book and you can help break the cycle of trial and error management.

David Svet, Spur Communications
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew E. Sturgis on August 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed the writing style and feel of the book and have found that I learned as much about being managed well as I did about managing well. The analysis of why one received a promotion is as useful in telling why you didn't.

I have spoken with several friends regarding the book and found David Baker's insights helpful for several folks interviewing for new management/supervisory jobs as well.

Well done, I'm waiting for the next volume!

Matt Sturgis
Jacksonville, FL
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark O. Brien on August 8, 2010
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We first hired David 10 years ago, and we've been big fans of his thought leadership in the forms of consulting sessions, articles, events, and various conversations since that time. When I started this book I expected it would be mostly a review of what we've already learned from David, but I was happy to find that this book was chock-full of new and instantly applicable advice.

Most business books are read once and put on the shelf, where the remain forevermore. "Managing Right" is much more of a reference guide than a one-pass book. The book is exceptionally well written, is a pleasurable and easy read, and is broken up into easily scannable vignettes which make the book easy to pick up again and again.

I had my first job as a manager over 12 years ago. I sure wish I could have read this back then, but I'm glad I have it now.
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