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Thinking Like a Manager

Instructor Dave McKeown
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Time to complete: 3h 14m

Published byO'Reilly Media, Inc.

CreatedAugust 2019

Effective management skills go far beyond the ability to simply supervise a group or organization and coordinate resources. In addition to hard skills like budgeting and forecasting, soft management skills are as important, and sometimes more so, to create a smooth-running, productive enterprise. Indeed, the number one reason why people leave their jobs is an incompetent or uncaring boss. Unfortunately, few organizations have programs in place to provide managers at all levels, but particularly new managers, with the adequate skills and tools they need to properly lead people. And nowhere is this more prevalent than in the software development and engineering industries.

In this fast-moving learning path designed for both newly minted managers as well as leaders at any level, your host, Dave McKeown, CEO of Outfield Leadership, takes you through the fundamentals and well-researched best practices of management and provides you with a set of lightweight tools to use immediately with your team. You’ll look at the six essential skills that every manager should possess. You’ll also learn about the concept of the “accountability partner,” which can dramatically help you to achieve your management goals. You’ll examine how to identify in yourself your strong points along with areas that you might need to strengthen and how to apply deep practice to develop your new skills. Whether you’re a new manager or a seasoned one looking for a refresher, this learning path will provide you with the confidence and ability to lead your team to new levels of success.

What you’ll learn—and how you can apply it

Participants will understand…

  • Why “what got you here won’t get you there” as a new manager
  • The six key skills that any new manager should develop
  • The importance of deep practice in developing leadership skills
  • Why having an accountability partner will double your chance of achieving your goals

Participants will be able to…

  • Identify those managerial skills they are strongest in and those which need development
  • Regularly set goals to develop key managerial and leadership skills
  • Practice the development of key leadership skills in an everyday setting
  • Use an accountability partner to drive through results
  • Review the success of their development plan and adjust it as necessary

This learning path is for you because…

  • You’re a new manager who needs to get up to speed quickly and learn the best way to lead a team
  • You’ve been in a management position for some time but know that there’s another gear you can kick into with your team
  • You’re hoping to build leadership skills in your own team and are looking for a proven way to do so

Prerequisites: None