Perfect the Skills to Excel as a Manager
An engagement crisis, a management skill shortage, a retention problem—call it what you will, today’s research and workplace insights emphasize that many employees leave managers. . . not companies.
Good managers know they need to deliver results to be successful. But great ones? They understand the essence of managing encompasses something more: making connections, embodying the right skills, and developing their direct reports. They also realize managing well takes practice. With Focus on Them, you’ll get the tools and know-how to excel as a manager.
Edited by the Association for Talent Development’s own management authority Ryan Changcoco, research expert Megan Cole, and content developer Jack Harlow, this book explores ATD’s new management framework—the ACCEL model. Each chapter, written by a leader in management and talent development, focuses on one of the five skills all managers need:
- Accountability (Timothy Ito)
- Communication (Ken O’Quinn)
- Collaboration (Winsor Jenkins)
- Engagement (Hunter Haines)
- Listening and assessing (Michele Nevarez)
By investing in your own development—boosting your ACCEL skills—you signal to your employees that you’re serious about their development and learning, too.
Becoming a manager isn’t climbing a mountain. By focusing on the basics, you can transform from a results-oriented manager to the super people manager your employees need.
Emily's passion is sharing knowledge with learners on any topic. It started at an early age, when she would help her father build presentations for his medical conferences. One of her favorite games to play as a child was Respi-babya simulation game for neonatologists on infant respiration therapy. Her dad liked to joke that if his 10-year-old could save the babies, the medical students working for him should be able to as well.
Emily is one of the many e-learning developers who found herself doing this job by taking on another project on a completely different career path. Origi-nally she planned on working in market research and found herself creating marketing materials with instructional videos. During that time, she earned a master's degree in instructional science and technology at night. She then went on to work for the federal government, a startup, a museum, and sever-al nonprofit organizations.
She enjoys working with animals, having volunteered in equine- and dog-assisted therapy. She is a classical bassist and has performed in several community orchestras and musicals. She travels extensively and tries to learn about the languages and cultures wherever she goes. Emily has enjoyed living all over the United States. She spent her childhood moving progressively eastward. As an adult, she's been discovering the U.S. coasts. She resides in Portland, Oregon, with her lab, George.
You can learn more about her projects at www.idemily.com.