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Book Review: The Making of a Manager by Julie Zhou 

The Making of a Manager by Julie Zhuo is a necessary guide for anyone stepping into the role of manager or seeking to improve their managerial skills. Drawing on her extensive experience as a tech executive at Facebook, Zhuo provides a fresh, practical and insightful perspective on the challenges and rewards of leadership.

 Zhuo’s writing style is engaging and relatable, making it easy for readers to connect with her experiences and lessons. She’s structured the book in a thoughtful way taking readers on a journey through various stages of management development. Whether you are a new manager navigating your first team or an experienced leader aiming to refine your approach, this book offers something of value.

One notable strength lies in Zhuo’s ability to address the emotional and interpersonal aspects of management. She emphasizes the importance of understanding and empathizing with team members, creating a supportive environment, and fostering open communication. Zhuo offers practical advice on handling difficult conversations and provides useful frameworks for providing feedback effectively.

“The Making of a Manager” also delves into the art of delegation, time management, and prioritization. Zhuo adeptly illustrates the balance between being a hands-on manager and empowering team members to take ownership of their tasks. This thoughtful balance showcases her ability to distill complex concepts into actionable steps.

Moreover, the book offers valuable insights into building and sustaining a cohesive team. Zhuo shares her experiences in nurturing a healthy team culture, the importance of trust and offers strategies for maintaining team morale during challenging times. Her emphasis on developing talent within the team rather than solely focusing on external hiring underscores her dedication to cultivating a strong internal culture.

Though the book predominantly caters to managers in the Tech industry, its principles and teachings are easily applicable to a broader range of leadership roles and industries, and can be beneficial to anyone aspiring to become a successful and empathetic leader.

For those seeking more advanced insights, Zhuo’s revisiting of some concepts might feel repetitive, however, this emphasis on key concepts reinforces her core message. 

The Making of a Manager by Julie Zhuo is a must-read for anyone interested in leadership and management. Through her candid and experienced voice, Zhuo provides a wealth of valuable advice and actionable techniques that will undoubtedly enhance one’s managerial capabilities. Whether you’re a newly appointed manager or a seasoned leader looking to refine your skills, this book will serve as a valuable resource on your journey to becoming an effective and compassionate manager.

DISCLAIMER: The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed in this review are the opinion of the reviewer and do not reflect the opinions or views of MBR or its affiliates. Information contained has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable. However, we cannot guarantee that there will be no errors. The purpose of this review is to give a brief opinion of the book and readers should use their own judgment in applying principles outlined in the book.

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