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An insightful survival guide for first-time managers

“Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.” – Latin writer Publilius Syrus.

So, you’ve just received that promotion, the one you have been burning the midnight oil for.

Doors are opening, you’re on your way up, but all is not quite what it seems.

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Sure, you’ve moved up the ladder and into a managerial role, but it’s not all champagne and caviar. Suddenly your to-do list is several pages long and you’re not only accountable for yourself, but for the actions of the team under you. And, as you step into the breach, you are confronted with various responsibilities which weren’t in the small print but demand your urgent attention.

KPIs, disciplinary action, delegation, stress – the list goes on, and, before you know it, you’ve reached breaking point.

However, before you have a meltdown and end up crying un-managerial tears into your pillow, or lashing out and saying (or emailing) something regrettable, take a few deep breaths and give This Is Not What I Signed Up For a read.

Written by Ross G Saunders, This Is Not What I Signed Up For is a survival guide for first-time managers and it offers important advice to employees who have worked hard, put in long hours and have now been promoted to a managerial position.

With over a decade of management experience, Ross comes to the table with a vast amount of knowledge to impart and he addresses various aspects which you, as a first-time manager, might encounter but aren’t prepared for.

This Is Not What I Signed Up For details Ross’s own personal experiences, his successes and the valuable lessons he learnt along the way. It also focuses on key points, such as communication, time management, delegation, handling KPIs, dealing with conflict, disciplinary action, motivation and team building.

As a corporate survival guide this is an insightful read and, unlike some office meetings which can drag on interminably without ever reaching a viable conclusion, the book is concise, direct and to the point.

This Is Not What I Signed Up For is recommended not only for first-time managers, but also for employees who are stepping into the corporate world at ground level and are determined to make their way up the ladder.

This Is Not What I Signed Up For is available online at www.thisisnotwhatisignedupfor.com (for hardcopy books), or at Smashwords, Kobo and Barnes & Noble for eBooks.

About Ross G Saunders

Ross started his management career by being promoted from a technical specialist to a manager of a global team. Although this wasn’t an easy transition, it turned into an exciting management career, spanning more than a decade. Ross has since left the corporate world and is now a respected public speaker, consultant, and workshop facilitator, running programmes on management development, data protection and IT technical recruitment.

To contact Ross with regards to talks and workshops, mail him at [email protected] or call 074 104 7147.

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