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First Time Manager is a nonfiction business/management book written by Scott Boyd. That first promotion to a managerial position is usually greeted with a mixture of jubilation and fear. While the recognition of one’s achievements and abilities, not to mention the increase in salary, is usually welcome, along with the perks comes a load of new responsibilities and lifestyle changes, particularly when the promotion leaves you in the same department and in charge of your former co-workers. Boyd discusses the necessary change in mindset from performing work to delegating it to others, as well as the need to disengage from office friendships. Boyd stresses the importance of knowing your standard operating procedures thoroughly; of attending management seminars and classes; and of finding a mentor in the company who will be there when questions arise. He also discusses the balancing act a manager must perform in being a representative in the company while at the same time functioning as the protective buffer for one’s staff. He includes an extensive list of references for further reading.
As I began reading Scott Boyd’s nonfiction business/management book, First Time Manager, I remembered what it was like when I was notified about my first promotion, and the difficulties I encountered attempting to manage a staff of former co-workers. As Boyd states, a good number of newly promoted managers fail, and not just because management found them wanting. Many find the experience just not worth the benefits of the promotion when they’re not prepared for the new challenges and don’t have access to a mentor. In my case, work-related skills, years of service and commitment to the firm just weren’t enough. And yes, I wish First Time Manager had been around back then. It would have made a big difference. Boyd’s well-written and informative book goes a long way to demystifying the strains and stressors affecting new managers. His insights may help a number of them to not only succeed but excel in their new roles. First Time Manager is most highly recommended.