A collection of some of the things I’ve found most helpful for becoming a manager.
Two things that are most immediately helpful, especially in answering the questions: what does a manager do? How do I run 1:1s?
Meri refers to some coaching stuff and a way of running 1:1s. There’s more detail on that in this talk [video] – it’s about how to help people come to their own conclusions about what they are doing.
On Being a Manager
On Avoiding Organisational
Slack [my review] – this was an illuminating book explained why things that seemed wrong to me were harmful.
Leadership and Self Deception [amazon] – this book made me fundamentally reconsider how humans interact with one another.
On Decision Making and Meetings
High Output Management [amazon] – I’m reading this right now, and the stuff on decision making and meetings and how to run them effectively is gold. The other thing that I am getting out of it is he takes a very broad view of what management is, and ties the skills from things that are less obviously being a people manager to having direct reports.