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3 Must-Reads For First-Time Managers

Just landed your first management position, but you have no experience managing people? Not a problem. These three classics will get you up to speed.

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1. The First-Time Manager


The title says it all. This is the complete novice guide to management. You won't get as much advanced advice from this book as you will the others, but it serves as a great primer for the beginning manager. It covers all the basics.

2. Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys


The newest release on this list, Lance Gibbs' take on management is a breath of fresh air. His central idea is that great customer experiences start with great employee experiences, and his management style is empowering and effective. This is an especially great read for any new manager who thinks they are "too nice" to be an effective manager.

3. H3 Leadership: Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle.

This book is essential for anyone who struggles with the leadership side of management. You may have the best operational skills in the company, but if you can't lead, you can't manage. H3 breaks leadership down into twenty traits and outlines daily habits you can develop to reinforce those traits, turning you into an effective leader.

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