Books: Three of a Kind - Help for the newly promoted manager

Succeed as a New Manager; Peter Fischer's The New Boss and Jason Jennings' Hit the Ground Running

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Succeed as a New Manager
Revised edition
A&C Black

The subtitle of this pocket-sized book is 'How to inspire your team and be a great boss'. It kicks off with a questionnaire to get you thinking about what type of new manager you might be, and then helps you identify which areas you need to work on. The subsequent snappy chapters cover such vital topics as 'settling into your new job', 'delegating without guilt' and 'building your network of contacts'. Recommended. - Best of its kind

The New Boss
Peter Fischer
Kogan Page

This book is all about surviving the critical first 100 days in the hotseat. Divided into seven 'building blocks', and accompanied by seven case studies, this is a clear and practical guide to help ease you into the corner office. Aimed more at the senior executive than the novice manager, Fischer's book gives advice on everything from managing expectations and building key relationships to initiating changes and using symbols and rituals. - Best of its kind

Hit the Ground Running
Jason Jennings

Written with the new CEO in mind, and from a US angle, this book is a distillation of interviews with the 10 best-performing new Fortune 1000 CEOs. On average, they doubled revenues and profits and more than tripled earnings per share, so their stories are relevant but too often obscure the nuggets of advice distilled by Jennings. Billed as a 'roadmap for new leaders', the route could have been less meandering and more direct. - Could be useful

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