The First-Time Manager

Narrated by: Sean Pratt
Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
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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, this audiobook 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 and read in an inviting and accessible style, this classic skill-building audiobook is an essential tool for becoming an effective, confident new manager.

©2005 AMACOM, NY (P)2008 Gildan Media Corp

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Useful!

This is a really good resource, relevant, concise and easy to understand. I wish we used this at work- it might help ease the transition into a management or supervisory position tremendously!

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Great book even for long time managers

If you could sum up The First-Time Manager in three words, what would they be?

Lots of tricks and tips and how to become great at observing and feeling the situation.

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A must have for incoming managers.

This book offered great insight and set my expectations for my upcoming managerial post. It may be long and you may have to listen to it more than once but it definitely is a well spent time. Concepts are easy to grasp and focuses on leadership as the foundation of proper management. A must have not just for incoming managers like myself but also for experienced executives who need to refresh their management and leadership style.

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good info but not concise enough

it was ok. the narrator was well spoken but the material was as dry as taking your 10th safety glasses lunch and learn. not very motivational just normal training

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Fastest I ever finished an Audiobook

The content and the narration was just awesome! Finished this book in 3 days, where others of similar length I would have taken a week or more. This is my first time as a Supervisor. Learned some much needed advices that I didn't even realize I needed. Favorite part was the last chapter.

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Good resource, very practical

I picked this book to prepare for a job interview in management. I didn't get the job but my interview performance lead to a promotion.

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Amazingly helpful book.

Thank you, i gained and learned a lot.
I highly reccomend this book to my friends.

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a guide to opening the next chapter in my life

I am currently striving to become the manager within our team, and several people have my support. I have lead before when I was in the military, but never in the civilian sector.

I know that I need to learn the Do's and Don'ts of being a manger, and The First-Time Manager has really opened my eyes.

No matter where my career goes, if I know someone will take a management position, I will not hesitate to recommend this book.

thank you

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The book assumes the reader is a complete moron.

Mostly very base level managing information. The kind you get from your high school guidance counselor. In my opinion, the voice was just irritating. I honestly couldn't force myself to finish and only got about halfway through.

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Every new manager must have this book

I’ve been a manager for over 3 years now and what I read in this book I have learned in the field, this book could’ve saved me many headaches. This book now has become part of my go to books.

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  • Steve Wilkinson
  • 12-28-11

Some good points but....

Generally this is an interesting piece of work, however about two thirds of the way through it started to ramble on about various sets of US legislation (in fact it almost sounds like they were added to pad out a section). All acts of legislation mentioned are not valid in the UK and this really distracted from the text.

The general concepts covered are good but think they are equally, if not better, covered elsewhere.

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  • Gus
  • 10-23-17

its is really a book for the first time manager

No joke it does exactly what it says on the 'tin'. I bought this as I have been a manager for a number of years and offered to mentor a new manager. I thought I would give it a go to pick up some tips and tricks I could adjust with a dose of reality, so I had low expectation and was ready for business school blah blah. I was pleasantly surprised about its accuracy and reality. It really does tell it like it is and great practical advice. Not all companies, teams and jobs are the same but for my money this a pretty all encompassing description one could expect of what it is like and how get into the right habits
Certainly worth the money if you are about to or have just become a manager. Frankly no harm as a refresher for us old dogs either