Introduction

The Biggest First in Your Professional Career

Firsts. There are many “firsts” in our lives. First date. First kiss. First concert. First car. First album or CD (or MP3) you bought and listened to. First time leaving home. First time “with” someone, if you catch my meaning. First heartbreak. First child’s birth. Think about these “firsts.” I bet you remember a lot about those or other important “firsts” in your life.

Here’s another “first”—your promotion into your first managerial role, the first formal leadership position you’ve ever had. All you’ve known in your career is work, work, work. And you were crushing it. The reward? You’re a boss for the first time in your life.

Think about your own story. Do you remember when you heard ...

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