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Becoming the Boss - New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders by Lindsey Pollak

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CHAPTER 5

Manage

Driving the Truck, Giving Out Trophies, and Closing Your Door Almost All the Way

As you’ll recall from the introduction, my first official management stint lasted three short weeks. But even that limited tenure was enough time for me to learn one of a new boss’s most important lessons: succeeding as an individual contributor is not, not, not the same as succeeding as a manager.

Being a great salesperson does not automatically make you a great sales manager. Being a great actor does not make you a great director. Being a great councilmember does not make you a great mayor. And for me, being great at developing marketing partnerships with women’s professional associations did not make me remotely competent at managing my first-ever ...

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