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If you are a new manager, want to be a manager, or just want to deal with people "better" this is the book for you. Julis is no "management guru" there are no rules or laws, this is just simple, straight forward advice based on her experiences at Instagram / facebook. One of the things I like is her honesty, she does not make out she is some management superhero. We all make mistakes, right? She shares with you her mistakes and what she learned. I'm already implementing a number of her recommendations and suggestions.
Not a typical business management book, in a good way. You still learn a lot but in a refreshing tone and through an easy-to-digest structure. Julie is senior management at Facebook, and there are times when it does get a little too preachy about the business, but for the most part this is interesting due to her involvement in a rapidly growing tech company and not hindered by it.
This book is full of great advice, well written, and framed by anecdotes and stories that make it effortless to read! Despite this it actually took me a long time to finish, because I kept pausing to think and reflect on what I'd just read, how it applied to my role, past experiences, and how to apply the learning in the future.
I now have two copies of this book; one in the office that I encourage colleagues to borrow and read, and my own so I can always refer back to it.
A must read if you are already, or will be a leader or manager of people.
I read this book 6 months into becoming a new line manager after realising one of my direct reports was a very difficult person to manage which made me lose confidence in my approach. I wish I'd read this book before starting my role as a Manager! It really is a must read. I could really relate to the author's experience and the examples given. Reading this book has boosted my confidence to know my decision making has been on the right track.
Highly recommend this book to the people who are new to management. The flow of the content is easy to read and follow. Unlike the other management books in the market, which depict a particular example/ scene in 3-4 pages in order to explain one big main point of the story, Julie has done a good writing to condense her points into a 3-4 line paragraph or even a half page of section. No fancy words and direct to the point. Suitable to read during a lunch break.
Though I haven't finished the title yet, I love how Julie refers to specific experiences, examples and questions throughout the text in order to build the foundation to become successful as a manager. At the moment, this feels geared mainly towards those who are about to enter their new position, however it may also be applicable to those who are looking to revamp/instil a new culture/attitude amongst their reports.