How To Take The Guesswork Out Of Being A Great Manager

"I wish I would have known that when I first became a manager."

The reflection heard in every office around the world.

And it's repeated month after month as managers encounter new and difficult situations they must tackle with dexterity.

Chances are good you've said it once or twice during your career. And, thought it to yourself several more times.

For example, here's a few situations that stump new and experience managers alike:

  • Having a difficult and awkward employee conversation about behavior.
  • Conducting a performance review that isn't like going to the dentist.
  • Motivating your team beyond money or monetary perks.
  • Creating the ideal job description, interviewing candidates and hiring the right person consistently.
  • Delegating without micromanaging and fear that someone will drop the ball and leave you holding the bag.
  • Getting everything done without staying late – or taking work home every night.
  • Firing an employee for any reason.

These, and many others, are common yet tough situations you need to be equipped to handle well, whether you’re an experienced manager, newly promoted, or aspiring to become one.

Here's The Problem:

The typical journey to becoming a great manager takes months, even years of blind stumbling.

You gradually acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to handle the complexities of management. But this path always comes with expensive consequences...

… lost time, decreased productivity and underperformance – if you're lucky.

It could be worse: decisions that sap morale, lead to lawsuits and force good employees to quit.

Why is this?

Employees and managers are rarely trained.

Here some facts:

  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that employers with fewer than 100 employees provided only 12 minutes of manager training per six month period. And organizations with 100-500 employees provided only 6 minutes of training for the same time span.
  • Our internal surveys uncovered that 52% of organizations only train their managers once a year or less, and...
  • 41% of managers with 10 years or less of management experience say they have never had any management training.

These, and many others, are common yet tough situations you need to be equipped to handle well, whether you’re an experienced manager, newly promoted, or aspiring to become one.

Most companies promote you to management because you excelled as an individual contributor. But this doesn't necessarily translate to succeeding as a manager.

It's a different job, with different responsibilities and radically different skill requirements. Yet, as the data above shows, supervisors are left to their own devices to figure out how to become effective managers.

Oh, and college doesn't help much either when it comes to managing people.

Good managers try to take the lack of formal training into their own hands, but they run into three issues:

  1. Too busy
  2. Too much information, scattered all over the place
  3. Too many sources, not sure whom or what to trust

Knowing this, what are you going to do about it?

The Important Choice You Have To Make Today...

Are you going to wing it as a manager?

Improvising through each new challenge that arises.

That's one way to go...struggling down the trial and error path to becoming a great manager as many have before you.

OR do you want to use a map with clearly laid out shortcuts. And...

...just to be safe, carry a backpack full of supplies so you’re armed for any difficult situation that comes your way.

If you prefer the latter scenario, keep reading because it's within your grasp...

Introducing: ResourcefulManager Insider

ResourcefulManager Insider is an all-access membership that delivers the best management and professional development advice and practical tools you need to become the best manager you can be.

If you're ready to develop the skills to help your staff perform, help your company hit goals and help yourself advance in your career...RM Insider offers quality, actionable information you can trust – professionally curated, distilled and delivered to you all in one place.

Reduce your learning curve on key topics:

  • Leadership styles and skills
  • Employee engagement
  • Interviewing and hiring
  • Performance management
  • Delegating
  • Motivating employees
  • Difficult situations
  • New manager training
  • Professional development and business skills
  • Employment law essentials for managers

With RM Insider, we pull back the curtain on the topics, tactics, and strategies that don’t show up in our public blog posts.

Advice You Can Trust
The information inside RM Insider is based on...

... 114 years of combined "in the trenches" management experience by the ResourcefulManager editorial and research team.

... the collective wisdom, experience and research of the world’s leading thought leaders, authors and research firms – the curation and distillation of hundreds of sources, thousands of pages, tens of thousands of words by our editorial team – converted into new insights and frameworks.

... direct conversations and survey data from executives, front-line managers and employees just like you.

No bots. No algorithms. Just real managers like you, delivering the advice you need.

Who Should Join

Experienced Managers
Build upon your hard-won knowledge with fresh insights, the latest research and new approaches to handle old problems.

New Managers
Get the ultimate management shortcut and shorten your learning curve as you take on take on new responsibilities, balance your workload and manage other people.

Aspiring Managers
Develop career-accelerating skills to help you reach your professional goals – and be ready for new challenges as you ascend to management.

Human Resources & Talent Management
Gain access to a treasure trove of professional development resources on key topics you can use to train your workforce.

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What You Get & How It Works
Everything you'll have instant access to
day one with RM Insider:

As you enter the password-protected membership area, you'll be greeted with an initial library containing 116 management and professional development resources you can access immediately.

Day one, your RM Insider membership includes:

Detailed, step-by-step frameworks, advice and recommendations for navigating everyday management challenges and difficult situations.

  • Performance Appraisals That Work
  • Difficult Conversations with Employees
  • Practical Guide For Motivating Employees
  • Escape The Busyness Trap
  • How to Fire an Employee When It Must Be Done
  • The Employee Turnover Cure
  • The Feedback Framework
  • The Right Way To Conduct Salary Talks
  • Effective Delegation
  • The Accountable Workforce
  • Onboarding That Optimizes Employee Retention
  • The ResourcefulManager Interviewing Framework
  • Coaching Employees: A Framework For Success
  • Goal Setting That Works
  • Make Smarter Decisions: A Framework For Becoming A Better Decision Maker
  • How To Ask For, And Get, The Raise You Deserve
  • Guide To Effective Business Writing: A Detailed Framework For Becoming A Better Writer

Essential Insights Reports
Concise, 20- to 30-page executive summaries that deliver quick tips, distilled research and curated knowledge on a specific topic.

  • 19 Soft Skills Managers Need To Be Successful
  • 12 Things A Manager Should Never Say
  • 6 Mistakes That Kill Employee Morale
  • 8 Employment Law Cases Every Manager Needs To Know
  • 41 Ways To Be More Persuasive Without Being A Villain
  • The Bad Boss Handbook: 33 Things You Probably Shouldn't Do
  • No More Boring Meetings!
  • 11 Bad Habits That Can Derail Your Career
  • Introverts and Extroverts: Managing Their Differences To Maximize Productivity
Practical Tools
Desk references such as checklists, worksheets, scripts, and more to help implement new ideas. Bridging the gap between advice and execution.

  • 6 Interview Mistakes That Drive Great Candidates Away
  • 10 Interview Questions To Weed Out The Bad Fits
  • Dealing With A Critical Jerk
  • How To Tell An Employee He Smells: A Sample Script
  • The FMLA Cheat Sheet: A Handy At-A-Glance Guide
  • The ResourcefulManager's Guide To Hiring
  • ResourcefulManager Worksheet: How To Write A Job Description
  • The ResourcefulManager's Guide To Leadership
  • 50 Most Misused And Abused Words in Business Writing
  • 5 Ways To Motivate Your Staff That Work In Real Life
  • The ResourcefulManager's New Employee Checklist
  • The No. 1 Mistake New Managers Make
  • The ResourcefulManager's Performance Review Checklist
  • The ResourcefulManager's Time Management Checklist
  • What Should You Delegate: A Handy Worksheet That Will Make Your Job Easier
  • 11 Productivity Hacks That Don't Suck
  • 25 Things to Never Say in a Difficult Conversation
  • 7 Sample Performance Reviews to Help You Write Yours
  • 27 Scripts of What to Say in the Toughest Difficult Conversations
  • Sample Performance Review Questions for Employees
  • 25 Effective Phrases to Use in Written Performance Reviews
  • Difficult Conversation Checklist
  • 25 Phrases Not to Use in Performance Reviews
  • 10 Things To Never Say When Delegating
  • Prioritizing Tasks Worksheet
  • Performance Improvement Plans: How They Work, What You Need to Do
  • What To Say, What Not To Say When Giving Feedback
  • 10 Things to Never Say During Salary Talks
  • The ResourcefulManager's Termination Checklist
  • The 8 Principles of Human Behavior
  • Motivating Without Money: 30 Proven Ideas That Cost Almost Nothing
  • 17 Habits of Highly Productive People
  • What Your Schedule Should Look Like
  • 10 Dos and 10 Don’ts of the Terminating Process
  • 13 Questions You Can Expect from a Terminated Employee
  • When Termination Cases Go to Court: 9 Legal Cases to Guide You
  • 10 Effective Phrases To Say When Delegating
  • 10-Point Delegation Checklist
  • Activity Audit: What Can You Delegate?
  • Project Delegation Worksheet to Keep Delegated Projects on Track
  • 10 Simple Things You Can Do Each Day to Boost Retention
  • 10 Warning Signs You're About to Lose a Good Employee
  • Employee Retention Worksheet
  • Managing Retention Across the Generations
  • Assessment: How Would You Rate Your Feedback?
  • Employee Feedback Checklist
  • The ResourcefulManager ACTION Plan For Fail-Safe Feedback
  • Getting Great Results From Salary Talks With Difficult People
  • Talking Salary Across Generations
  • 10 Questions That Reveal What Makes an Employee Tick
  • Accountability Checklist
  • Goal-Setting Template
  • 15 Proven Accountability Tools You Can Use
  • The Language of Accountability
  • Holding Accountability Conversations
  • 15 Practical Training Tools To Help New Employees Succeed
  • Guide To A New Hire's First 180 Days
  • New Employee 6-Month Evaluation Survey
  • ResourcefulManager Interviewing Framework Checklist
  • Guide To Reading A Job Candidate's Verbal And Non-Verbal Cues
  • Scorecard Template For The ResourcefulManager Interviewing Framework
  • 7 Interview Questions You Need To Be Asking
  • 25 Desirable Traits You Want In A New Employee
  • Keep Your Interviews Legal
  • Coaching Questions That Produce Revealing Answers
  • Coaching the Know-It-All
  • 7 Coaching Moments And How to Take Advantage of Them
  • 10-Point Coaching Checklist To Help You Succeed
  • 7 Critical Coaching Questions
  • 6 Ways To Get Your Team To Achieve Its Goals
  • The Diference Between Goals, Objectives, Strategies and Tactics - And When To Apply Them
  • ResourcefulManager Goal-Setting Action Plan Template
  • Intuition: 7 Ways To Improve This Decision-Making Skill
  • The Ultimate Guide to Decision-Making Styles
  • 17 Strategies for Making Better Decisions
  • Decision-Making Checklist
  • 10 Things to Avoid Saying When Asking for a Raise – and Why
  • 10 Traits Employers Look for When Giving Raises
  • Maximize Your Raise: A Step-by-Step Checklist
  • Looking for a Raise? Scripts You Can Use
  • A Business Writer’s Guide To Proper Punctuation
  • 10 Strategies To Fight Through Writer’s Block
  • 11 Common Grammar Mistakes To Avoid (And 4 You Can Bend)
  • Guide For Delivering Bad News In Writing
  • Business Writing Resources: A Helpful Guide
  • Eliminating Discriminatory Language In Your Writing
  • Writing Effective Emails: 15 Tips To Make Them Better
  • Know The Language: 121 Confused and Misused Words And Phrases
  • Top 10 Ways To Increase Your Writing’s Readability
  • Writing Lean: 10 Ways To Sharpen Your Messages
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Membership Pricing

Those that succeed develop their skills constantly.

They understand all the aspects of effective management so they can be a great leader, the one everyone wants to work with and for.

Now there are plenty of ways to learn management – books, YouTube, blogs, podcasts, webinars, conferences and good ole fashion trial and error.

The time and money it would take to do that are innumerable.

And you don’t have the time to sift through that mountain of management and leadership information. More importantly, you don’t have time to separate the noise and theory from the reliable, easy to act on advice that helps navigate real-world management challenges.

Wouldn't it be more convenient to get all you need in one place, for one low price?

That's precisely what ResourcefulManager Insider offers you.

An all-access membership that delivers the best management and professional development advice and practical tools you need to become the best manager you can be. Quality, actionable information you can trust – professionally curated, distilled and delivered to you all in one place.

If you were buy everything individually that you get on day one with the RM Insider membership, it would cost $1,310 alone.

Instead, you'll pay only $19/month.

So, whether you decide to join today, or you decide to wait, RM Insider will be waiting for you to take your career to the next level.

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Membership Details Insider

Access to an initial library containing 116 resources you can access immediately ($1,310 value)

New Blueprints ($67 value)

New Essential Insights Reports ($19 value)

New Practical Tools

Pricing $19/Month, Billed Annually
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