Mini book review: The Making of a Manager

This book, The Making of a Manager, came up in conversation with a (non-manager) friend recently, and I thought I’d share some of our conversation, and my thoughts, here. I’m also including an Amazon Affiliates link, so if you’re curious about the book, please feel free to purchase it through me #purelyselfish 🙂

I told my friend that, “some books feel like a nearly-remembered memory, if that makes sense, so I read them more for new techniques to try than for the thrills” and my friend pointed out Zhuo’s book felt like that, and was “best read academically.” I totally agree – this is a great book for you to use to learn some techniques you can try in the office, whether you’re a manager or not. Zhuo’s tips on planning, for example, would benefit any corporate type, regardless of individual contributor or manager status. Same with her tips on earning trust.

Zhuo also gives the reader great insight into the practice of management, and what makes a good manager (or not). I like her inner voice, and how she shares the experience of executing when you don’t have all the answers, which make this book extraordinarily relatable. She uses clear, easy-to-understand language throughout. This, coupled with her easy voice, made me read through it so quickly I wanted to start again immediately after I finished (in case I missed something critical!)

I didn’t start over after I finished, but I did cycle back through the book to re-read some of the pieces that I needed the most, at that exact moment – making an impact through my team, managing my mistakes, etc.

This book feels like an approachable advisor, and having it around to refer back to makes me feel more confident in my ability to excel as a manager. It’s not a pleasure read, but it’s exceedingly pleasant to read, regardless.

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