The number one reason people hate their jobs is because their manager sucks. But being an awesome manager isn’t something we’re born with nor does it require an MBA. In this upbeat, concise, and practical guide, you’ll learn supervisory skills that wow in any professional setting.
Author Tamara Murray shares dos and don’ts she picked up through years of trial and error, reading a lot of Fast Company, and having the occasional breakdown in a colleague’s office. Eventually, she had people telling her she was the best manager they’d ever had.
Packed with real-world tips you can put to use immediately, these seven lessons will earn you respect, protect your sanity, and help you motivate your team to greatness. This is an essential read for young or first-time managers.
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Tamara Murray learned she had a knack for management and leadership when people kept asking her to do it, despite her lack of formal management training. At 16, as the youngest employee, she was promoted to assistant manager at a retail store. At 20, she managed cadres of parent and student volunteers at two nonprofits. At 22, she had a steady stream of interns under her purview. And at 26, a PR firm put her on its senior team, responsible for managing multiple account teams and clients. In every role, she managed people the same age or older, often with more experience and credentials.
She found her footing through a combination of trial and error, reading a lot of Fast Company, and having the occasional breakdown in a colleague’s office. Eventually, people started using phrases like “one-of-a-kind leader,” “brings out the best in everyone,” and “trusted to deliver results,” to describe her management style. She’s a firm believer that you don’t need an MBA (and massive student loans) to be an awesome manager.
Originally from San Francisco, she set off to travel Latin America in October 2013 with her husband, Chris, and their dog, Holly, to gain perspective, research their next projects, and learn to make killer refried beans. Follow her travels and projects at: www.HelloImTamara.comWhat Inspired You to Write Your Book?
When I asked myself what I have to offer to the world, supervisory skills popped up immediately. I’ve managed people in some form or another since I was 16, which was challenging because I was always managing people the same age or older and usually with more credentials. I hope this helps others fast-forward through the growing pains to become an awesome manager.