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Suddenly in Charge: Managing Up, Managing Down, Succeeding All Around by [Matuson, Roberta]
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When I made the leap into a senior leadership position at a small software company and was suddenly in charge, Roberta's guidance and insight was instrumental. (Rose Eastman, Senior Director, Technical Program Management, Former VP of Operations, Enterprise Knowledge Systems )

Where was this book when I started managing people? Whether it is talent selection, leadership communication, performance problems or helping your boss prosper, Suddenly in Charge is the quintessential guidebook for succeeding in the maddening-albeit fulfilling-world of management. (Joseph Michelli, PhD, bestselling author of The Starbucks Experience, The New Gold Standard, and When Fish Fly )

When both time and money are scarce, Suddenly in Charge is a must-have for all new supervisors or managers. Matuson's experience working in the trenches is evident and the book is written in a straightforward, understandable, and authentic manner. Oh, how wish I had this book many years ago when I moved from an individual contributor role into a management position! (Patricia Hunt Sinacole, Job Doc, Boston Globe and CEO and Founder, First Beacon Group LLC )

Being thrown into a new manager's role can be a lot like an ice water bath—shocking and exhilaration all at the same time! Roberta Matuson takes what can be a daunting experience and creates a step-by-step guide for new managers. Her insight, practical tips, and real-life scenarios make this book a critical read for any new manager. Suddenly in Charge proves that you don't have to learn everything the hard way! (Jay B. Hargis, Director of Learning and Development, Tufts Medical Center and adjunct professor of Human Resources at Suffolk University )

Suddenly in Charge is a must-read playbook for the new manager. Delivered in a unique and creative way, Roberta Matuson equips the new manager with practical tools and examples that set their course for success in all directions. (Barbara Callan-Bogia, Vice President, Organization Development & North American Retail Human Resources, Office DEPOT )

About the Author

Roberta Chinsky Matuson found herself thrown into management at age 24. By her own wits-and through trial and error-she succeeded and became an internationally recognized thought-leader, consultant and career expert, often quoted in the media.

Product Details

  • File Size: 542 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1857885619
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey America (January 16, 2011)
  • Publication Date: January 16, 2011
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004I8WHPG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,358 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Suddenly in Charge is billed on the cover as "The New Manager's All-in-One Guide to Shine from Day One," and it does not disappoint. First-time author and consultant Roberta Matuson has written the bible for all those employees who get thrust into management positions without all the necessary preparation, and in some cases without much support from their superiors and organizations. In many cases these people have received little or no training or development to do the difficult job of leading others.

I served for over 25 years in the Canadian Army. Before I "got the keys to the car" as a young officer, I had to undergo a grueling yearlong course in leadership, decision-making, planning, and management. After that, during my first leadership opportunity as a 23-year-old platoon commander, I was surrounded by mentors and had the support of my team of NCOs.

Unfortunately, most organizations provide nowhere near the same level of training and support to first-time managers and subordinates. This book, though, goes a long way to providing detailed guidance and advice to new managers. Although the book is subtitled Managing Up, Managing Down, Succeeding All Around, it is really about the nitty-gritty of day-to-day leadership in the organizational trenches.

I was particularly impressed by the author's organization of the book into two distinct sections. The first part of the book deals with the delicate art of "managing up." In this section there are chapters on, among other things, adapting to your boss's management style, navigating the storm-tossed seas of office politics, and dealing with a bad boss. Needless to say, these are topics that are not often covered in books about managing and leading. However, they are a reality in all organizations.
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As an organizational psychologist and executive coach, I am always scouring Amazon for resources I can use with my clients to help them grapple with the complexities of leadership. Most of the material I find is a bit too theoretical and focuses on a small aspect of how to help both young and new leaders along with the those who have been in leadership roles but may need a fresh perspective.

Roberta Chinsky Matuson's clever book, Suddenly in Charge provides many of the important elements of down to earth leadership skills that my clients can benefit from obtaining for themselves. Having a book that so interestingly covers the important aspects of Managing Up and Managing Down in one easy to read publication makes it worth twice the cost.

I am so glad that Roberta included the importance of Managing UP as a key aspect of management. This aspect of leadership is often degraded and put down as "brown nosing" but Matuson identifies the critical aspects of this role as it relates to creating a personally successful career along with the building a strong organization.

For example, understanding that there is really is a "decoder ring" of understanding what is important to your boss means that building a two way relationship will help you thrive and the company grow. Furthermore growing up and learning how to deal with the politics of business is essential for any manager and leader. Remembering to focus on your professional growth and development also frames many important topics in this section.

I found so much useful information in the Managing UP section, that I actually had low expectations for the managing down section of the Suddenly in Charge but Roberta surprised me when I read Managing DOWN.
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This is a great guide with practical tips that will benefit any employee, regardless of their level in the organization. There are lots of resources out there on how to be an effective supervisor/manager, but this book is unique in that it offers two perspectives in one book - managing up and managing down. This book has easy to implement guidance on both topics. It's a great resource!
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Roberta Matuson's book is very sound advice for the new manager, covering many different types of situations. In addition, it is a great reminder for more seasoned managers, no matter what level in the organization they are. Matuson's writing style is direct (she does not mince words)and the advice she offers is practical, applicable and relevant to any workplace. While some business books are over-bearing, long-winded and hard to get through, Matuson's book is candid and easily read. A great tool for any manager's or mentor's toolbox!
Martha LaCroix, EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, The Yankee Candle Company
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I was truly impressed with "Suddenly in Charge: Managing Up, Managing Down, Succeeding All Around". Roberta Chinsky Matuson's book delivers an overview of the varied employee and employer relationships. She gives advice on how to handle touchy situations with grace. I was happy to see the inclusion of real life experiences which showed how the concepts addressed in the book could be applied in multiple business settings. Matuson is insightful and clear in presenting the important qualities that make a manager unforgettable as well as a solid leader. Every manager who wishes to be influential should have this book within reach. I recommend this book highly to those who are interested in understanding the dynamics of their work environment. "Suddenly in Charge" distills the truths in the fields of leadership and management and presents them in an easy-to-read style that is pleasing and concise.
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