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The first big part of your job as a manager is to ensure that your team knows what success looks like and cares about achieving it.
Your role as a manager is not to do the work yourself, even if you are the best at it, because that will only take you so far. Your role is to improve the purpose, people, and process of your team to get as high a multiplier effect on your collective outcome as you can.
For managers, important processes to master include running effective meetings, future proofing against past mistakes, planning for tomorrow, and nurturing a healthy culture.
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—Ev Williams, CEO of Medium and co-founder of Twitter
“Julie Zhuo had to learn to be a manager fast, as her role kept expanding in the hyper-growth environment of a successful Silicon Valley start-up. In The Making of a Manager, she shares what she learned—often, the hard way. She combines cutting-edge analysis of how organizations work with engaging and accessible examples of how theory plays out in real life, with stories of what she did right and wrong.”
—Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
“I wish I'd had this book when I started managing a team at Instagram. Julie covers the full range of becoming a manager, from your first meetings with your team to accomplishing huge goals together.”
—Mike Krieger, co-founder of Instagram
"Every business book I read as a consultant and later a CEO was written by a man. Julie brings an entirely fresh perspective on leadership as a brilliant hacker, first-generation American, and young mother. This book is everything Silicon Valley appreciates in Julie: humble, inspiring, and whip-smart."
—Leila Janah, CEO and founder of Samasource and LXMI and author of Give Work
"At startups, individuals asked to manage are rarely set-up for success. Julie Zhuo gives new managers the tools they need to help their people and company win."
—Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator and co-chairman of OpenAI
"Are you a new manager? Are you a little scared? Fear not. Julie Zhuo is here to help. She took on a manager position at one of the biggest start-ups of our generation before she felt quite ready, but she grew into the job. And now she's here to guide you as you grow into the job. This book will get you on the right track and keep you there.”
—Daniel H. Pink, author of When and Drive
"As an entrepreneur and CEO, I've read all of the business books, but this is one I'll be turning to again and again as a reference for how to help my team thrive. It's a leadership manifesto for a startup, global mega-company, or anything in between.”
—Brit Morin, founder and CEO of Brit + Co
"Julie is like that friend giving you some much-needed tips over coffee—her style cuts through industry jargon and gets at the heart of how to lead with confidence and help your team do their best work."
—Nir Eyal, author of Hooked
"The Making of a Manager is an excellent, approachable and comprehensive guide for those making the transition into management. This is something we'd give out to new managers at Slack and it could very well set a new standard for new managers."
—Stewart Butterfield, CEO and co-founder of Slack
"Julie does an incredible job simplifying the role of a manager. She pulls you in with all the awkward, funny and tough moments of being a first time manager, and then takes you on an engaging journey. She sets forth a crystal clear playbook of how to drive impact and get the most out of your teams. If you’re a first time manager, you’ll learn how to hit the ground running, and experienced managers will level-up their game!"
—Logan Green, CEO and co-founder of Lyft
About the Author
- ASIN : B079WNPRL2
- Publisher : Portfolio (March 19, 2019)
- Publication date : March 19, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 15305 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 288 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,907 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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There are two very different halves to this book. I'll cut to the chase about whether this is a great book for you.
The first half of the book is excellent and helpful for almost anyone. The second half of the book may be for you if you work at Facebook or a company very much like it.
Here's how Ms. Zhuo defines a manager's job. "A manager's job is to help her team get better results." That's the key insight for the book. It's clear and actionable. It's true no matter who you are or where you work as a manager.
If you're thinking about becoming a manager this is a great book for you.
If you're thinking about becoming a manager. buy this book. In the section that begins on 28, Ms. Zhou asks you questions about who you are and what you're like. She describes how your answers can help you decide if management is for you. Those few pages are worth the price of the book. They may keep you from making a terrible, irreversible mistake. If management is not for you, it's good to know before you become one. The key insight is that you must love the work.
If you're a new manager, this is a great book for you.
It usually takes a new manager a year or two to settle into the job, learn the basics, and manage effectively. If you're somewhere in that first two years, buy this book. Ms. Zhuo's descriptions of a manager's work are clear, and you'll be able to see yourself in them. Her analysis is good and includes ideas about what you can and should do. She describes her mistakes and misconceptions.
Now for the second half of the book.
The second half of the book will be great for you if you work at Facebook. It will be good for you if you work in a creative job in a tech company, especially one experiencing hyper-growth. It will not be so good for you if you work at a trucking company or a clothing store or any smaller company. Here’s why I think the second half of the book is so different from the first half.
Ms. Zhuo implies that she's new and remembers the beginning well. Here’s a quote from the Introduction.
"I thought, Maybe I can write this book, because it’s more relevant for a certain group of people now: new managers thrown into the deep end, overwhelmed managers wondering how to best help their reports, managers dealing with fast-growing teams, or those simply curious about management. I was one of them not so long ago."
When this book came out, she had been at Facebook for more than a decade and she was the VP of Product Design. In February 2020, she left Facebook to become a cofounder of InSpirit. But here’s the thing. The first half of the book sounds like “not so long ago.” The second half sounds like reflections of someone who’s been a manager for a while.
I suspect she may have written the first at one time and the other material much later.
The writing styles are very different. The first half flows easily and sounds natural. The second half is how authors write when they must finish by a deadline.
I would have preferred an excellent book for new managers in any kind of company. That's the first 150 pages. I could have done without the last 150 pages, even if the publisher thought it was necessary.
In A Nutshell
If you're thinking about becoming a manager, buy The making of a manager: what to do when everyone looks to you. Read the section on what managers do that begins about page 28.
If you're a new manager, especially if you're in your first two years, buy this book and read the first half.
What about the second half? Start reading it. You've already invested in the book and gotten your money's worth from the first half. Read the second half as long as it stays interesting and helpful.
What sets this book apart from other books about management is unlike other management books written by folks at the end of their careers, Julie still remembers her own ramp-up into management (due to her meteoric rise from intern to VP at Facebook in less than a decade). Julie's complete honesty about all her fears, insecurities, and mistakes at the time (and how she continued to experience them throughout her career) makes her the reader's relatable management confidant and her lessons far more potent.
Julie is a masterful storyteller and effective teacher, seamlessly weaving together her own management war stories to illustrate core principles, combined with practical & easy-to-remember frameworks for managers to use. Each chapter opens with an illustration cementing a key idea from the management topic to be discussed. While most of the book focuses on topics that will help first-time managers, later chapters touch upon topics that will help even seasoned managers, such as hiring and managing managers yourself and setting the culture of your organization.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is thinking about making the plunge into management, in their first few years of management, or even to experienced managers looking for a refreshing take on management. The Making of a Manager is the new gold standard for books on management.
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Despite this it actually took me a long time to finish, because I kept pausing to think and reflect on what I'd just read, how it applied to my role, past experiences, and how to apply the learning in the future.
I now have two copies of this book; one in the office that I encourage colleagues to borrow and read, and my own so I can always refer back to it.
A must read if you are already, or will be a leader or manager of people.