Manager Mechanics: People Skills for the First-time Manager

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Capital Books, 2006 - Business & Economics - 155 pages
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In a fun, fast, accessible format--Manager Mechanics serves as both "mentor" and guide for newly minted managers who find themselves confronted with a wide-range of questions from how to hire and fire, to how to manage friends and balance budgets. Manager Mechanics comes to the rescue by giving first-timers the practical knowledge and political insights they need to perform successfully in their new management role, with a particular focus on people skills and good judgment. New and seasoned managers will gain techniques and proven approaches for leading their teams, hiring top talent, navigating company politics, avoiding career-limiting mistakes, and producing high-quality, well-planned results. The "Key Points" sections at the end of each chapter summarize the most critical skills and solidify the manager's fresh knowledge.
 

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Contents

Food for Thought for a New Manager
1
Management Realities
7
The Good Stuff
15
The Bad Stuff
27
Navigating Office Politics
35
The Hiring Process
45
The Good the Bad and the Other
59
HR and Vendors and Finance Oh My
79
Process to the People Right On
87
Budgeting
97
Management NoNos
109
Personal Growth
123
Appendix
135
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About the author (2006)

Eric Bloom, a senior technology executive, has managed more than 100 professionals, controlled multi-million dollar budgets, managed offshore and multi-location software development efforts, and developed software designed to process millions of transactions. Eric is the founder of Launch Web International. He has been a senior executive at Monster Worldwide, Independence Investments, and Fidelity Investments, and an adjunct professor at Bentley College and Boston University. He is the author of several books on computer languages. He lives and works in Ashland, Massachusetts.