You studied economics, medicine, manufacturing, politics, sales, etc. You worked your way up in your respective field. And then you became a manager and on top of all the experience you have in your specific industry, there’s now so much more!

Whether you’re a new or seasoned manager, your responsibilities can become overwhelming at times. There are days and new situations that will leave you feeling vulnerable and alone. You don’t know where to start or even what or who to ask.

We are pleased to share our years of first-hand experience in our fourth book together, THE MANAGER’S ANSWER BOOK: Powerful Tools to Maximize Your Impact and Influence, Build Trust and Teams, and Respond to Challenges (Career Press an imprint of Red Wheel/Weiser, June 2018). 

Written in question-and-answer format, THE MANAGER’S ANSWER BOOK is an easy-to-use guide providing information on many aspects of managing, broken down into the following categories:

  • Getting started: moving from peer to manager, setting goals, managing projects, resources, and much more.
  • Developing your management skills: communicating, delegating, motivating, and facilitating.
  • Building and managing your team: hiring, firing, and everything in between.
  • Creating your personal brand: building credibility for yourself, your team, and your department.
  • Managing up, down, and around: working with people and functions in your organization.
  • Avoiding potential land mines: conflict, change, and risk.
  • Recognizing legal pitfalls: navigating the haze of laws and regulations.

Some situations we discuss in the book include:

  • My predecessor was held in high esteem by everyone—but I’m not her and will likely have a different style. What do you suggest?
  • I’m adjusting to managerial responsibilities, but feeling cut off from people I used to brainstorm with. Is there a way to keep both?
  • What is ‘workforce planning’? Where do I start?
  • What should I be looking for in managing third-party contractors?
  • I think my company wastes a huge amount of time in meetings and I’d like to change this. What can I do?
  • My to-do list is out of control. How do I prioritize?
  • What can I do to bridge skills gaps I see on my team?
  • We have a very diverse workforce. Can you offer guidance for managing/interacting in this environment?

THE MANAGER’S ANSWER BOOK will help any manager stay informed and avoid unknowingly tripping over a new situation while providing insights into many situations and issues that managers face outside their own area of expertise. It’s the ultimate resource for managers at all levels!

THE MANAGER’S ANSWER BOOK is available on or at your local book store starting June 18, 2018 or you can pre-order it now on Amazon so you have it sooner. If you like the book, we’d be most grateful if you’d post a review on Amazon!

If you don’t find the answer to your questions in our book, contact us and we’ll do our best to respond in future blogs!

Barbara & Cornelia

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