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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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  • Euryleia
  • Fountain Valley, CA United States
  • 01-19-08

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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  • mpb
  • new york city
  • 06-10-14

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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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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Great for first time managers.

Short and to the point. The narrator was excellent. The book covers all the basics for first time leaders.

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Will re-read again!

Great book with easy to follow/understand recommendations.
I plan I reading this again throughout my career as a baseline to work from.

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Far too general

Better books often refer to how “other books will say to do X, but that’s oversimplifying things.” This is the sort of book being referred to. Fine if it’s your first exposure to these topics, but nowhere near the treasure trove or bible of information that it presents itself as.

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The Title Says it All!

I'm listening to the book... over and over again.

I joined a small nonprofit recently in a new management role that was created just for me. I am now second in command. I was met with suspicion and resentment by most of the staff. I am being paid more, and at least two people thought they should have been promoted to the position. My boss hates conflict, and hasn't been at all helpful during the transition. He has been unwilling to provide direct instruction to the staff about my role, and, my right and responsibility to "manage" projects and programs. (He's one of the reasons the board created and funded my position...)

It's been painful - agonizing really, and I'm second guessing myself at every step. I browsed for a book to provide guidance and instruction to a new manager, or a manager in a new situation, and settled on this book because of the title and the description. I have not been the least bit disappointed. It feels as though I am having private sessions with an organizational psychologist who has seen it all before... and knows how to deal with toxic personalities and difficult situations.

I've made a few mistakes, to be sure, but I've avoided dozens of others because I listened to the book in time. I'm very grateful to have stumbled upon it.

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A good listen

Finished listening in reasonable time, good pointers for new and aspiring managers. Will recommend this book.

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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