Last week I shared that my book, H.I.M.M. (High Impact Middle Management): Solutions for Today´s Busy Managers, is now out and available. I will not kid you, what follows is a pitch. I would love and appreciate it if you bought my book and told your closest 10,000 friends to do the same. It "s my first book and means a lot to me.
I´d like to offer you a few behind the scenes thoughts about the book. Even if you do not buy the book, I hope you find these thoughts helpful!
1. What was the inspiration behind the book? I have been coaching and training managers for 2 decades (makes me seem so old, but I was 5 when I started). During this time, I frankly got sick and tired of hearing from middle managers who felt unappreciated, overworked, and unsatisfied. They had some legitimate beefs, but they could not see that they were their biggest problem. I had the pleasure and good fortune to work with several such middle managers and help them move from a life of drudgery to a job that made a difference and that they loved. Working with these middle managers was a blast and very satisfying for me and the book highlights many of the changes and techniques that worked for them.
The second part of the inspiration came from being a management trainer. I have had the privilege to attend some of the best training programs in the world. Each program had its strengths, but none addressed the typical challenges of the middle manager. I was inspired to write the book because I could not find what I wanted to offer the managers I was working with.
2. Who should read the book? A. All middle managers. B. All Senior Executives. C. All Management Trainers. I think it is a great book, with a lot to offer for improving middle management capacity. Sounds cocky perhaps, but I really like my book! Middle managers should ask their trainers and presidents to read the book, it will make their lives easier.
3. Who is a middle manager? My definition of a middle manager is broader than most. I think that anyone who has supervisor or manager direct reports and is NOT the president is a middle manager. My definition includes most managers, directors, and vice presidents. While there are many levels represented in this group, their responsibilities to translate strategy, goals, and plans into results are common. I think that being a middle manager can be a lot of fun – like being at the crossroads of the action. Middle managers are in the thick of things. I have been a middle manager and loved it.
4. What´s different about my approach? I think my approach for helping middle managers be insanely successful differs in a couple ways:
A. I focus more on the facilitation of things. I take a decidedly more OD (organization development) approach because I think the best middle managers do a lot of OD type stuff. I am thinking about writing a book about OD just for managers.
B. I focus a lot on role. Many struggling middle managers are looking at their jobs all wrong. Most seniors executives haven´t a clue what to ask their middle managers to do. Getting the role right goes a long way toward fixing other problems.
C. I focus a lot on how to build a rockin´ team of talented and jazzed folks. And I buck convention in these areas.
5. What´s my favorite part of the book? I love chapter one as it gets at the crux of the challenge and offers a huge opportunity for middle managers who want to love their work. I am also very fond of the chapter on mucky muck. And I just like saying mucky muck……
Okay, that´s my pitch!
Would you be interested in being a member of my feedback (guinea pig) team? I would like to gather a group of folks who have ordered my book and are willing to provide open and honest feedback about my book and also about future book, blog, and e-book topics. Members of the team will get advance copies of future work and get to steer the direction of some of my work. I would ask that you participant in approximately one email inquiry a month and periodic conference calls (don´t worry I won´t ask for too much of your time). You can always back out and you will NEVER be spammed. I would love the hear from you! If you are interested, please send me an email lisa -at- haneberg-management.com.
Thanks so much for your support!
Here are the links to pick up a copy of my book: