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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM; 5th edition (March 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814408214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814408216
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.2 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"""Refreshingly straightforward...Belker has distilled his 30 years of executive experience into a simple-to-read book full of wisdom -- worthwhile not just for the first-time manager, but for any manager at any time."" -- The Miami Herald

""For years, thousands of managers have learned their craft with this best-selling primer on mastering supervisory skills...crammed with expert information on all basics of the job."" -- Dayton Daily News

""Empathetic and insightful...If you’re a first-time manager, read this book. If you’re a veteran, it might be the best gift you can give a new lieutenant -- and ultimately yourself."" -- Video Software Magazine

""Belker acts like the manager we all wish we had for our first management job."" -- Orange County Register

Joyce Lain Kennedy, nationally syndicated columnist: ""New managers who aren’t sure which way is up won’t find a better offering than this acclaimed summary of managerial experience with a side of wisdom.""

Niche: ""Take the time to learn or relearn your management skills with this book and improve more than the success of your business; improve the quality of your life.""

Common Sense at Work e-newsletter: ""No matter how long you've been a boss, if you want to succeed in this demanding role, I recommend that you get a copy of The First Time Manager: Fifth Edition. This book from the American Management Association is one of the best compilations of the fundamentals that managers need for success that I've seen. Written in an inviting and accessible style, this classic skill-building book covers all the bases with indispensable advice on such topics as hiring and firing, leadership, motivation and managing time and stress."""



"... possibly the most informative management guide ever written….an excellent read for aspiring management minds at all levels of the agency.”

-Independent Agent Magazine



“I would recommend this book to any manager who wants to build a solid foundation of managerial skills [...]chosen career.”

-AORN Journal

Book Description

"A true management classic with 200,000 copies sold, this new, expanded edition is still the ultimate guide for every new manager.

Since its original publication, The First-Time Manager has helped many thousands of rookie managers handle their new responsibilities -- and now it can help you! Clear and concise, the book covers all the fundamentals you need for success, with indispensable advice on topics including hiring and firing, leadership, motivation, and managing time and stress. In addition, the completely updated fifth edition shows you how to build trust and confidence, be an active listener, manage a diverse group of individuals, conduct performance appraisals, and address many other challenges that come with the manager’s job.

Written in an inviting and accessible style, this classic skill-building book is an essential tool for becoming an effective, confident new manager."

Customer Reviews

It's very easy to read.
King
It certainly gives you an overview of the different employee personalities and challenges a manager will face, and how to properly deal with specific situations.
Silvermyst
I highly recommend this book for anyone who is moving into management or has recently been promoted into a management position.
Jeff McAndrews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By K. Lordan-Morris on March 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a "common sense" approach to management. There is nothing wrong with that approach but if you need more information such as how to motivate employees or deal with difficult people, you will not find the information here. I am in search of a book with more details.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on September 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
Many rookie managers feel like imposters until they grow into their jobs, but if you are scaling that learning curve, help has arrived. Authors Loren B. Belker and Gary S. Topchik provide managerial coaching for new occupants of corner offices (or, at least, of cubes with windows). The text provides novice managers with concrete examples, solid discussions, helpful suggestions and insights on a wide menu of corporate challenges. Although the book is redundant in spots, and needs more extensive chapter summaries, it is a terrific tutorial for managers. We recommend this book to everyone in managerial slots, especially those who just arrived.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Reader on November 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a fantastic read for the first time manager. No matter what industry you are in, this is the book on how to manage people. You will learn management types and avoid mistakes first time managers make. This is comprehensive book that will show you how to interview job applicants, discipline staff based on their existing work ethics (lifelong slacker, vs. occasional slip up) and how to keep imporving oneself as a manager too because like everythign in life, that is work in progress...

I have read the fifth edition of this book and it is a true gem.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jeff McAndrews on July 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
I recently moved to a new company and was offered a great oppertunity as Manager Of Guest Services. It was a well needed challenge as well as a fresh start from my previouse Supervisor roll.
With that fresh start I wanted some words of wisdom and a some practical skills that I could apply easily to my new workplace.
This book did just that. It was a perfecet balance of theory and practical advice that is easy to apply. It was a quick read and is set up as a quick refrence guide.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who is moving into management or has recently been promoted into a management
position.
I have the big picture in clear view now!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert Selden on June 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
First published in 1981 and written by Loren B. Belker, the current (5th) edition has been updated by Gary S. Topchik in 2005

I very much like the style in which the book is written - easy and conversational. I also like the complete absence of "management speak" which is such a rarity in many modern management books. The book is also written in a very positive tone - looking to help the manager to motivate, develop and get the best out of people rather than controlling them.

However, this book is an enigma. It has some great management truths, ideas and concepts that have stood the test of time, yet it falls down in how some of these can best be implemented. Three that I found difficulty with were the chapters on Recruitment, Managing Change and Performance Appraisals.

For example, in the chapter on Recruitment, the authors suggest that the most important point to keep in mind when recruiting someone, is to make sure they have the right attitude. Most people would agree with this, yet the three questions they suggest to use to test for "attitude", i.e.

- What did you like most about your last job?
- What did you like least about your last job?
- How do you feel about your last manager?

do not measure attitude. Unfortunately, neither do these type of question assess a person's ability to do the job for which they are applying. The authors do give examples of "right" and "wrong" answers which I found, particularly in the case of the "wrong" answers to be over simplistic and unlikely to be given by many applicants.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sidney Cammeresi on November 21, 2010
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This book was good and was a fast, easy read. It covers 36 different topics divided into six parts. It's not too in depth but is more a food for thought kind of thing.

The e-book conversion is quite poor. I guess it was done by OCRing a paper copy because a large number of lowercase Ls are rendered as capital Is. It also uses a custom font which renders quite badly. The font makes the book look like it was printed with excessively worn type, as letters often have little bits and pieces missing.

Five stars for content and one star for the e-book conversion averages out to three stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Silvermyst on February 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for an upcoming management interview. Having never managed anyone before, I was desperate to at least sound like I knew what I was getting into. I found it very easy to read and informative. It certainly gives you an overview of the different employee personalities and challenges a manager will face, and how to properly deal with specific situations. I would highly recommend it to anyone who was just promoted into management or going on an interview. The vocabulary, legal awareness chapter, and proper conflict resolution exercises were of great help. All in all a great tool to start your training as a manager or "manager-wanna-be".
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