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Managing (Right) for the First Time Hardcover – June 10, 2010
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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.
The one main thing that has to be said about this book is that it does not speak to the reader in dry and theoretical language that most management books do! The Author has gone through extensive research and writes in a very easy to read and digest tone, even hilarious at times!
What caught my attention from the first few chapters was that the Author was describing the proper management techniques by observing the wrong management techniques and pointing out how not to follow in those footsteps!! It was funny for me because I saw the exact same mistakes being made by some of my previous superiors and I could relate to the situation being described and the frustration it caused me and the entire team! It made me realize that management is universal as it speaks to a core human nature.
The book targets managers, soon to be managers, and business owners. For people with no ambition to ever become entrepreneurs then some sections might sound unnecessary and because this book speaks to managers in general and not towards managers in a certain industry where there are different management norms, the techniques might sound excellent on paper, but a little bit more difficult to implement in reality.
Overall a great, informative, and enjoyable book which is very easy to read. I read mine in a few days. There is tons to be learned from this book, which might warrant a second or third reading in order to best unlock the true value of this book.
The book is meant to appeal to any manager, but is particularly relevant to small business owners who reluctantly (or not) found themselves in a management role as they grew. There is a definite bent to the creative industry, but worth reading-and paying attention to-for any new (or frustrated!) manager. If I had any comment on how it could be better it is that the book flips back and forth between being broad and being focused on the creative industry.
That said, Baker's insights are short, to the point, based on years of real experience with managers and business owners, and always, always, *always* worth considering.
He is not a flashy guy, but he is a true thought leader, one of only a few I know.
I value his opinions and insights far more than celebrated marketing authors like Seth Godin (that's not a slam on Godin, but rather a testimonial for Baker :-)
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 ›
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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 19 months ago by E. Ramsey
Written with real wisdom, warmth and compassion for the newly promoted manager, this book is full of pragmatic and accessible advice on how to `manage right'. Read morePublished on May 15, 2013 by Joan Henshaw
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