Finding your bearings as a manager can feel overwhelming—but you don’t have to fake it to make it, and you don’t have to go it alone. Lara Hogan shares her recipe for supporting and leading a tech team—from developing your mentoring and coaching skills, to getting comfortable with having difficult conversations, to boosting trust among teammates—while staying grounded along the way.
What’s in the book?
Whether your title is “lead”, “manager”, or something else: if you’re responsible for supporting and leading a team of people, this book is for you.
Throughout the book, Lara Hogan walks through how to create stability, clarity, and trust as you navigate the stages of group development with your team:
- Chapter 1: MEET YOUR TEAM
Learn about your teammates’ core needs and work styles, and help them get to know you, too.
- Chapter 2: GROW YOUR TEAMMATES
Help your teammates grow through mentoring, coaching, sponsoring, and delivering feedback.
- Chapter 3: SET CLEAR EXPECTATIONS
Learn to set clear expectations around your team’s roles and responsibilities, vision and priorities, and collaborative processes.
- Chapter 4: COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY
Strategically communicate to make sure each message is understood by your teammates, while balancing tricky aspects like confidentiality and disagreement with the company line.
- Chapter 5: BUILD RESILIENCY
Create resiliency in yourself and your team by preparing for times of crisis, managing your energy, and growing your support network.
Tools and tactics are included for each set of skills, so you can experiment and see what will work best for you, your team, and the environment you’re working in. At the end of each chapter, you’ll also find a section called “Coaching Questions”—prompts to help you introspect, and begin to hone these skills.