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What books should I read on being a good manager? I’ve been promoted to manage a team of 6 and feel like I’m failing them. Any books on managing a remote team would help especially, but I’ll take ANY help I can get

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My own personal tip is to set and communicate expectations. What's hard is that when you start managing you haven't thought through with all your expectations are and it's tough to communicate them. As you go through and people do stuff, you'll start to have a better idea of what your expectations are and you'll add things to the list. To catch up, I would meet with a manager with more experience and ask them what expectations they will set with their teams. Then use this as a base to set your own expectations for the team.

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I caught up with a manager with more exp today, it was insightful, thx

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I’m not a manager but as a senior these are things that make a great manager at least in my opinion: 1. DONT be a micromanager but I think having the team provide a daily status update is essential 2. Since were all remote setting up a call daily with the team would be nice so that everyone can ask the questions they have etc if someone’s not comfortable asking in front of everyone they can just say “hey can you stay on a few mins after the call so we can discuss XYZ” 3. Review TIMELY 4. Offer to help out in complex areas (most of the time the senior won’t need the help but it’s nice getting asked) 5. Don’t be unavailable. I know we all have so much going on but if someone from your team is reaching out they most likely need help so just spend a few minutes with them so they can continue

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I appreciate this 🙏

A book recommended to me was HBR Guide to Coaching Employees. Had some good insights in it.

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Found it thx!

Well a book that can be very helpful is Developing The Leader Within 2.0 by John Maxwell

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Just put a hold on the audiobook at my library, thx!

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Why do you feel like you’re failing them? Are there obvious signals, or is it just your own perception/self-doubt? I imagine that it’s gonna be hard finding good books on managing a team remotely considering how new this environment still is. You’d probably find better insight into current articles written by experienced and reputable leaders on best practices that they’ve put together after trial & error with the times we’re living in.

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My own perception. I’ve never met any of them b/c of Covid. Probably self doubt magnified by anxiety.

Don’t know if this will tell you how to be a better manager but should give you some perspective in leading. I’m still getting through the book but it puts a lot into perspective especially this whole “leadership” facade.

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Found the audiobook at my library thx!

Somehow I Manage by Michael Scott is great.

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Is none an option?

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Just be a person and acknowledge that your team is full of people and you'll be fine.

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Winning by Jack Welch. It is old but very good. Highly recommend. Should be cheap, used on AMZN.

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I’ll check, found The Real Life MBA by Welch

Check out Manager Tools. Free podcasts with actionable guidance!

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Thanks so much everyone for your thoughtful replies, lots of audiobook listening on deck!

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