Resources for Self-Proclaimed “Great” Managers

Jun 14, 2023

Janjira Sun

As we know, managing a team can be tough. You’re juggling your own work while juggling other people’s work, and their careers. There are a few traits that you need in order to be a great manager — empathy, great listening and comprehension skills, and the vulnerability to be transparent with your team.

But what if you’re already those things, and you want to be even better? You’re in the right place. Here are some of our favorite resources to go from being a good manager to a great manager (newsflash: you don’t have to be a manager to use these).

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The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You by Julie Zhuo

Julie Zhuo uses her experience as a manager at Facebook to provide insights in her book. Her book offers practical advice about leading a team — from decision-making, setting goals, and building a team, Zhuo delivers her expertise about management with her personal stories.

No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work by Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy

Emotions are an innately human thing, and in No Hard Feelings, Fosslien and Duffy provide actionable strategies to manage our emotions effectively in the workplace. This book offers insights into how to cultivate a more empathetic work culture and environment by giving us advice on how to navigate tough work situations and how to express our emotions at work.

Work Appropriate: Managing Up with Alaina Fuld

Managing is less about someone telling you what to do, but about collaborating together to reach each others’ goals, wherever they are in their career journey. “Managing up” is about recognizing that managing is a two-way street.

People Managing People with Becca Banyard

At the end of the day, we’re all people here. On the People Managing People podcast, Banyard talks with various leaders about the future of work, leadership development, workplace culture and more.

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That’s it for now. If you’re interested in reading up about the future of work, check out this blog post I wrote for Murmur, which has four book recs. 💫

Also — I’m working on something exciting with my team, and it’s called Supermanage 💥 It’s an AI slack integration that magically distills your public channels into a brief that you can use to prep for your 1:1s, so you don’t have to play catch up in between them. If this seems like a fun tool that can help you with your 1:1s, I highly recommend you try it! We’ve been working really hard on it~

cheers —

Janjira (づ ◕‿◕ )づ

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