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3.58 out of 53.58 out of 53.58 out of 53.58 out of 53.58 out of 5 3.58 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Loren B. Belker, Gary S. Topchik Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9781596591875
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Since its original publication, The First-Time Manager has helped many thousands of rookie managers handle their new responsibilities … and now it can help you! Clear and concise, this audiobook covers all the fundamentals the listener needs for success, with indispensable advice on topics including hiring and firing, leadership, motivation, and managing time and stress. In addition, the completely updated fifth edition shows him how to build trust and confidence, be an active listener, manage a diverse group of individuals, conduct performance appraisals, and address many other challenges that come with the manager’s job.

Written and read in an inviting and accessible style, this classic skill-building audiobook is an essential tool for anyone who wants to become an effective, confident new manager.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Refreshingly straightforward…Belker has distilled his thirty years of executive experience into a simple-to-read book full of wisdom—worthwhile not just for the first-time manager, but for any manager at any time.”

    Miami Herald

  • “For years, thousands of managers have learned their craft with this bestselling primer on mastering supervisory skills…crammed with expert information on all basics of the job.”

    Dayton Daily News

  • “Has long offered clear advice on leadership, motivation, discipline, and other tricks of the trade that are required of anyone in a supervisory position.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “New managers who aren’t sure which way is up won’t find a better offering than this acclaimed summary of managerial experience with a side of wisdom.”

    Joyce Lain Kennedy, nationally syndicated columnist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 11/12/2013

    " Packed with information, definitely recommended for all managers of people (first-time or not). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Grant | 8/30/2013

    " A should-read book new managers, executives, and entrepreneurs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryan | 8/11/2013

    " The First-Time Manager is a great book for basic management and business professionalism tips. Most leadership or management books are filled with generalities and fluff. This book has many clear cut examples of how to handle situations in the office. The book ends with a great section on class. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Priscilla | 6/5/2013

    " Gift from Kerr "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 5/11/2013

    " Read when I first started as a manager, and I must admit I reference if I have a tough situation at work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chandra | 5/6/2013

    " because, well, that's me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Ross | 5/3/2013

    " I listened to the audio book I wish I had read this book before I managed people years ago. I wish all managers were required to read this book. I think it is well written and has lots of relevant, common sense, advice for the new manager. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/22/2013

    " So far so good. There are many management books out there, but this one is laid out well and gives pertinent reminders and up-to-date suggestions on how to manage yourself in work and in life in general. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liam | 11/10/2012

    " I'll be comparing this one to the book I recently finished on Becoming a Successful Manager. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 5/21/2012

    " I found this book to be a great frame of reference when I got my first management position. It's easy to read, and very easy to follow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barry | 5/19/2012

    " great manager book. Covers all the basics with none of that Ken Blanchard guru crap. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 pjr8888 | 4/13/2012

    " a gift from Rita Cohen, when i became a manager in EAP/HR "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard Stephenson | 1/27/2012

    " Good general tips and ideals... focus on the people, maintaining calm, and being the servant the position calls for... Good information on the types of managers, employees, ecology of decisions, legalities, HR resources, et cetera. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Levent Bayindir | 12/13/2011

    " This is my first "being a manager" book. It is really interesting to see how the authors managed to extract the important dynamics of a manager's life. As far as i see, this is a nice introduction and overview on the topic. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shannon | 7/21/2011

    " This was terrible. I read it to see if it was good as a reference for new managers, and I found it didn't get at the core of good management in any aspect. Very superficial. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 pjr8888 | 3/14/2011

    " a gift from Rita Cohen, when i became a manager in EAP/HR "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 12/23/2010

    " Good general tips and ideals... focus on the people, maintaining calm, and being the servant the position calls for... Good information on the types of managers, employees, ecology of decisions, legalities, HR resources, et cetera. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 12/12/2010

    " I found this book to be a great frame of reference when I got my first management position. It's easy to read, and very easy to follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liam | 9/2/2009

    " I'll be comparing this one to the book I recently finished on Becoming a Successful Manager. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryan | 8/18/2009

    " The First-Time Manager is a great book for basic management and business professionalism tips. Most leadership or management books are filled with generalities and fluff. This book has many clear cut examples of how to handle situations in the office. The book ends with a great section on class. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Levent | 7/27/2009

    " This is my first "being a manager" book. It is really interesting to see how the authors managed to extract the important dynamics of a manager's life. As far as i see, this is a nice introduction and overview on the topic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mohamed | 7/10/2009

    " Its too much to write what i learned from this book :)
    you have to attend my trainings to know what i learned and applied from this book :D "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 9/26/2008

    " Read when I first started as a manager, and I must admit I reference if I have a tough situation at work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 11/27/2007

    " So far so good. There are many management books out there, but this one is laid out well and gives pertinent reminders and up-to-date suggestions on how to manage yourself in work and in life in general. "

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About the Author
Loren B. Belker was an executive in a major Midwestern insurance company for nearly 30 years, and the author of the four previous editions of The First-Time Manager.
Gary S. Topchik is the managing partner of SilverStar Enterprises, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in management development. He is the author of The Accidental Manager and Managing Workplace Negativity. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
About the Narrator

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.