some Ask a Manager books

You need an Ask a Manager book! Here’s what’s available:

Ask a ManagerAsk a Manager: How to Navigate Clueless Colleagues, Lunch-Stealing Bosses, and the Rest of Your Life at Work

In this book, published by Ballantine/Random House, I tackle more than 200 of the tough conversations you might need to have during your career and give you the exact wording to do it — whether it’s what to say when your boss seems unhappy with your work, how to respond when you catch a colleague in a lie, or so much more. Buy it here.

How To Get a Job: Secrets of a Hiring Manager

how to get a job If you’ve ever wished that you could look into the brain of a hiring manager to find out what you need to do to get hired, this e-book is for you. Inside, you’ll get step-by-step help through every stage of your job search, and I’ll explain at each step what a hiring manager is thinking and what they want to see from you. Learn more and buy it here.

How to Prepare for an Interview: Boost Your Confidence, Impress Your Interviewer, and Get a Job

If you struggle with preparing for job interviews and feeling confident going into interviews, this free guide is for you. Get it here.

Managing to Change the World: The Nonprofit Manager’s Guide to Getting Results

Managing to Change the WorldWant to be a good manager? This book, which I co-authored with Jerry Hauser of The Management Center, will teach you how.

The book provides step-by-step guidance on being an awesome manager who gets results, including sample scripts for tough conversations, a breakdown of what the day-to-day of managing well looks like, worksheets for things like delegating, setting goals, giving feedback, and oh so much more.

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{ 19 comments… read them below }

  1. NerdyPrettyThings*

    You’re a mind reader. I was just thinking this morning that I needed to look you up as an author on Amazon and see if the How to Get a Job and How to Prepare for an Interview guides had been updated since they were published. Not I have all the links!

  2. Elizabeth West*

    I haven’t read the last one since I’m not a manager, but I can attest that the first three are indeed awesome!

    1. No pineapple on pizza*

      I’ve just downloaded the guide to interview preparation, and I’m thinking of buying How to Get a Job as well. Did you find the advice useful for a job search? Is it only relevant to office work, or applicable to other sectors? (I’m in education.)

    2. winter*

      I can vouch for the last one. I have used it several times for advice about difficult situations as a new-ish manager, especially performance talks and firing.

      I’m in the private sector, but it worked nevertheless.

  3. Sarah*

    I LOVE Managing to Change the World. My copy has lots of sticky notes and is all dog-eared.

    1. Leems*

      Mine too! I read it cover-to-cover more than once before deciding I’d give people management a shot. It’s also not just for non-profit people–I’m in definitely-for-profit financial services. I learned a lot that helped me “manage up”/communicate better with my own leaders by understanding all the competing priorities managers are balancing.

  4. Murphy*

    Thanks for this! I’m about to be made a manager and I have no idea what I’m doing. I’ll definitely be picking up the Managing book!

  5. CatCat*

    “How to Get a Job” has been an invaluable resource for me. I recommend it to others in my circle when I know they are job searching!

    1. No pineapple on pizza*

      I’m thinking of buying it, as anything which makes a job search simpler can only be a good thing! Is the advice relevant to other fields beyond office work?

  6. Everdene*

    After a department restructure I bought the first book for my 4 direct reports who now have their own reports for the first time. 2 of them have already told me they have applied stuff they learnt.

  7. ecnaseener*

    I’ve actually tried to get the free interview guide once in the past and tried again this morning, but never got an email. (Yes, I checked the junk folder!) Is anyone else having this issue or should I just try a different email?

    1. tycie*

      I signed up earlier today and it was sent to me about a minute later. I would try a different email or email Alison.

  8. AlliterativeApple*

    Today I got invited to interview for a role which would be a first management role for me.. If I get the job I’ll definitely be treating myself to that last book!

  9. Harper the Other One*

    “Ask A Manager” has become my go-to graduation gift for high school/college, along with some gift cards for fun/celebratory stuff. It’s the resource I wish I’d had when I entered the working world!

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