How to Be a Manager

The step-by-step guide for leading a team

A simple, easy-to-read guide for startup founders, CEOs or anyone who is a new manager leading a team.

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This is great! I only wish I could send this to my manager without being offensive.
@alexandrapersea Haha good point. Maybe just send bits and pieces of it at a time until they get the picture ;)
Jeff, thanks for the hunt! This was a super fun project to work on. Once you make an awesome product, I think the hardest startup challenges come down to one word: People. Growing a team, staying organized, communicating effectively... that stuff can be really hard. I wrote this guide to share exactly how to become a good people manager, from creating culture to setting clear goals. It's full of best practices and templates. I'd appreciate everyone's feedback. Thanks for reading! Greg
@gregskloot Husky pride! ;-) Congrats, very well written & comprehensive.
Love it! Do you guys offer physical one on one coaching?
@ramy_alkadhi It's been something I've been thinking more about and would be up for chatting more. Shoot me a note here:
I’ve worked with Greg and will personally validate his follow through. He not only says these things as a manager, but acts on every single one of them.
@dkwendt Thanks Dan :)
I like management and business books, I do, but I have to say that a bad manager won’t become a good manager just by reading a book. Good management is almost an innate skill. It boils down to people skills, which is something that can be learnt, to an extent, but it’s largely nature over nurture.
@mickc79 I respectfully disagree. While some people have inherent people skills, I think our culture places more value on technical skills, and named the rest of the skills required to be a great manager, or a great leader, “soft skills.” Few people put the time and effort into growing this set of skills - including effective communication and all the sub-skills that entails, feedback, creating a culture, coaching, articulating vision, and I could go on. I firmly believe that those who put substantive effort into these “soft skills” will become the great leaders of our organizations and communities.
@andrewdelaware perhaps you’re correct but I still disagree on one point. I believe “the great leaders” are the ones who have it in their blood. I believe you can learn to be a “good manager” but a “great leader” is born.
@mickc79 Interesting assertion and distinction. I would still put forward that media and culture makes it appear that way, glorifying certain leaders rather than highlighting the hard work that most of our great leaders have done to become the inspirational, thoughtful innovators they are (or the tyrants that some may be!) Our media focus on business success masks the stories of the steps, tasks, and skills involved in being a great leader - and those are not things someone can be born with. Perhaps charisma is often confused for leadership? Those people we are drawn to follow for some reason? Of course, charisma can only get someone so far... My point being, I encourage anyone who will listen to me, that if you want to be a great manager or a great leader - put in the time and effort to learn the skills that will guide you, your teams, and your organizations to greatness.