“Aaron McDaniel is one of AT&T\'s youngest vice presidents ever, and reading this book it\'s easy to see why. Aaron has the ability to pick up complex leadership qualities and behaviors and rapidly assimilate them into his everyday life—a must for every new manager. Current and future Millennial leaders are lucky to have the chance to learn from him.”
—Alexandra Levit, author of Blind Spots and They Don\'t Teach Corporate in College
“As Gen Y rises to leadership positions in the coming years, they could learn a thing or two from Aaron, who has been there and done that. Read this book to learn how to be a star manager just like him.”
—Dan Schawbel, author of Promote Yourself
“Aaron ‘hit the nail on the head’ in The Young Professional’s Guide to Managing. If you follow these key lessons, you will be well on your way to a successful career.”
—Joan Massola, Manager, AT&T Career Development and Leadership Assessment, AT&T Leadership Development Program for six years
One of the hardest challenges in anyone’s career is transitioning from being a employee responsible solely for one’s own work to a manager responsible for others’ performance. New managers face the stress of giving up control while needing to drive results through others.
Many of the more than 80 million members of the Millennial generation are facing the challenge of managing others without a guide to success specifically tailored to them.
The Young Professional’s Guide to Managing fills this void with a mix of relevant tips and stories, and a connection to rich online resources. It is an essential guide for all new managers and emerging leaders, providing important insights, including:
- How to successfully transition to being a manager, from the very first day
- The 10 skills all young professionals must develop to thrive as STAR managers
- Managing people of different generations
- How to hire, develop, and lead teams to incredible results
- Advanced strategies for young managers, including how to fire underperforming employees and how to squash office politics
Aaron McDaniel is a corporate manager, entrepreneur, author, public speaker, and community leader. He has held management roles in business development, strategy, marketing, customer service, operations, and sales at AT&T. Aaron wrote The Young Professional’s Guide to the Working World and created SparkSource, the online community that reinvents career mentoring. He is also the founder of multiple entrepreneurial ventures, including e-commerce and mobile application development companies. A graduate of UC Berkeley’s Undergraduate Haas School of Business, Aaron instructed a highly rated student-led course on leadership and has spoken at some of the nation’s top universities and companies. Passionate about giving back, he founded the Jill Wakeman Foundation for Equality and is an active community volunteer in San Francisco, where he lives.