The Accidental Manager: Get the Skills You Need to Excel in Your New Career

The Accidental Manager: Get the Skills You Need to Excel in Your New Career

The Accidental Manager: Get the Skills You Need to Excel in Your New Career

The Accidental Manager: Get the Skills You Need to Excel in Your New Career

Synopsis

"Every day, people are promoted into the ranks of management... even if they never intended to become managers. They agree to their new responsibilities either to stay employed or to make more money. It is a universal phenomenon. But for these ""accidental managers,"" it makes more sense to manage well than to manage badly, and this book tells them how.

Using examples and real-life case studies, The Accidental Manager gives readers the tools they need to make the most of their situation, showing them how to:

• Develop their people by having them work on their own and with others

• Actively listen in order to build trust and increase communication

• Give positive and constructive feedback to keep employees on track

• Motivate by providing the best possible environment for each team member

The book reveals the ten worst types of managers (and how to avoid being one of them), and features a special Management Assessment tool. The Accidental Manager gives managers the skills they need to shine in their new -- accidental -- positions."

Excerpt

Every day many individuals just like you are promoted into the ranks of management not ready to be—or even wanting to be—managers. You halfheartedly agree to the promotion if you want to stay employed within your organizations and/or make more money. You are almost always exceptional at what you do technically; that is why you got the promotion. Often, though, you really aren’t interested in managing people. More than that, you may have no clue about how to manage people. You are an accidental manager. If given a choice, you would rather stick to the job you’ve been doing. After all, years ago, when asked what you wanted to be when you grow up, did you or any of the other accidental managers out there ever dream of saying, “I want to be a manager”?

The Accidental Manager has a simple message for you: It is okay not to want to be a manager of people. Management isn’t necessarily the desired profession or career for everyone. However, if it is your decision to make the most of your situation, this book will help you survive, and survive extremely well, while in the managerial role. This book gives you the tools you need to succeed as a manager, once you realize that it is easier, more rewarding, and less time-consuming to manage well than to manage poorly.

The idea for this book evolved over the past fifteen years while I was working on many different organizational consulting projects . . .

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