Helpful resources for new managers

We all probably remember our worst bosses, right? And we tell ourselves that if we were the boss, we wouldn’t be anything like those awful bosses. However, when it’s your turn to be a manager, it might not be so easy to figure out the best solutions for every situation.  And even seasoned managers sometimes need a little help. Running a small business can mean wearing multiple hats, including being a Boss. This can be exciting, but also intimidating. If you’re looking for some strategies, tips and tactics, we have some suggestions:

One of the best sites on the Internet is AskaManager.org. Written by Alison Green, she brings her years of expertise to answer reader questions, and posts questions for readers to weigh in on. Her no-nonsense, practical advice offers insight into “how managers and interviewers think, and use that to help you navigate workplace weirdnesses.” Whether you are a manager or trying to figure out your own manager (or colleagues), a search on this site can reveal a wealth of practical advice. And sometimes, some stories about really interesting or challenging workplace issues. Green also writes for Slate.com, Inc.com, New York Magazine and other sites and also addresses issues and questions on her podcast. You may also find her book, Ask A Manager, in the Library’s collection.

Another helpful site is TheMuse.com, which has a section on Management. They offer simple management tips, as well as in-depth articles on how to manage people. Article topics include things like “10 Traits of a Great Manager,” “10 Times You'll Have to Give Your Employees Tough Feedback (and Exactly What to Say When You Do),” and “The Ultimate Guide for Managers Who Have to Respond to Raise and Promotion Requests.” Whether you are looking to develop your management style or figure out conflict resolution, The Muse offers constructive advice.

Another option is Lynda.com, which has management video tutorials presented by industry experts. Available through the Library via our Digital Content page, Lynda.com allows you to access more than 100 courses related to management topics. Whether it’s a 28-minute video on delivering employee feedback or a 2-hour course on building high-performance teams, Lynda.com has you covered!

And, of course, the Library has plenty of great books to help managers!  These are just a few, but you may find more on this list.  Even if you don’t check something out right now, you may always log in with your library card and mark a book “For Later,” to come back when you have time.
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