Behance has been a source of inspiration on the web for the past 8 years, I remember when they first started back in 2007 and it's amazing to see how important it became to the design community. That's also one of the reasons that Adobe acquired them.
I have been working in the design field since 1998, that is 22 years in the field. Throughout all these years I have had the opportunity to play different roles. From intern, to founder; from simply the lone designer on a team to owning my own design studio and finally working on a massive company like Google. At Google for the past 4 years I have been not only designing but also managing people. Because of that I am always looking for ways to become better and one of my favorite ways to do so is by reading books like The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You by Julie Zhuo the VP of design at Facebook.
Congratulations, you're a manager! After you pop the champagne, accept the shiny new title, and step into this thrilling next chapter of your career, the truth descends like a fog: you don't really know what you're doing.
That's exactly how Julie Zhuo felt when she became a rookie manager at the age of 25. She stared at a long list of logistics--from hiring to firing, from meeting to messaging, from planning to pitching--and faced a thousand questions and uncertainties. How was she supposed to spin teamwork into value? How could she be a good steward of her reports' careers? What was the secret to leading with confidence in new and unexpected situations?
"The job of a manager is to turn one person's talent into performance"
Now, having managed teams spanning tens to hundreds of people, Julie knows the most important lesson of all: great managers are made, not born. If you're reading this book, you're already on your way to becoming a great manager.
The Making of a Manager is a modern field guide packed with everyday examples and transformative insights, including:
- How to tell a great manager from an average manager (illustrations included)
- When you should look past an awkward interview and hire someone anyway
- How to build trust with your reports through not being a boss
- Where to look when you lose faith and lack the answers
Whether you're new to the job, a veteran leader, or looking to be promoted, this is the handbook you need to be the kind of manager you wish you had.