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.