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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 7 Feb 2007
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S. Finlay (Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Becoming a Manager: How New Managers Master the Challenges of Leadership (Paperback)
This book really shows that you can't just give formal orientation (basic management skills and knowledge, policies and procedures)that first time managers need.

You have to take first time managers through some fundamental basics - their new personal identity (the period of growth in their first 12 months and the stresses/emotions of it all) and the weight of expectations from everywhere, examining the key management competencies and finally how to understand about the art of managing people and building relationships.

This information will help them in the transition or transformation (like a caterpillar to a butterfly!).

A really great book adding a new dimension to anyone interested in (first time) management development.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great on findings, not so strong on recommendations. Very good overall, 29 Oct 2010
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A guide to the challenges facing new managers, and a good reference source for anyone who wants to understand the transition from team player to manager. Hill's book is full of interesting a useful insights. The main drawback is it is a classic academic's book. I don't mean it is overly intellectual - it is not, it is clear and generally well written. But it has lots of observations about new managers - but few recommendations. Most managers reading a book like this are looking for advice, and not observations on how managers behave. Still, it does not take a rocket scientist to interpret her findings into practical advice and I recommend this to anyone who wants to understand the challenges of the new manager. Ironically, it will probably be more meaningful to someone who has some experience - you will find yourself regularly thinking "oh yes, I was like that on my first management role".
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