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How Did I Not See This Coming?

A New Manager's Guide to Avoiding Total Disaster

By  Katy Tynan

This book will be available December 2017. 

Julie’s having a very bad day. She’s a new manager, and her top performer has resigned to escape her, and her own manager is looking on with a skeptical eye. . . . This is the story of her turnaround. 

Being a first-time manager is a tough job. If you were Julie, what would you do? Wouldn’t anyone, given the choice of taking on a leadership role (with a raise), or staying put, have done the same? But no one prepared her for developing co-workers, her former peers, while producing as before and leading the team. Now she’s in over her head. 

Author Katy Tynan understands. In her new book, How Did I Not See This Coming? A Manager’s Guide to Avoiding Total Disaster, Tynan unlocks the truths about management, showing that first-time managers are basically on a journey without a map. It’s not that employers aren’t investing in their new managers, she says, or that the people in leadership don’t care, but they are no longer close to the raw experience of being a new manager. What’s more, most management books are written by experts who lack the memory of first-time failure.  

In How Did Not See This Coming?, Tynan tells the fictional story of Julie, a onetime star producer, to illustrate how a new manager can successfully make the shift from a role without leadership responsibilities to one with them. Along the way, Tynan offers the five basic truths about management—starting with recognizing team values and strengths—truths that can be learned by anyone. You, too, can be the manager everyone’s talking about—in a good way—because you’re the one who figured it out.


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Katy Tynan

Katy Tynan is the bestselling author of practical guides to career transitions, and an internationally recognized expert on how work is evolving. In a world where 70 percent of employees are disengaged, Katy helps organizations ditch out-of-date management practices and create an inspiring, engaging culture.

Over her 20-year career in IT and operations consulting, Katy has advised hundreds of organizations on how to find innovative solutions leveraging technology and human capital for competitive advantage. She has been part of multiple successful startup exits, including Winphoria Networks (acquired by Motorola in 2003) and Thrive Networks (acquired by Staples in 2007).

Katy is currently managing director of CoreAxis Consulting, a talent strategy and e-learning and training firm based in Boston. She is the author of Survive Your Promotion! The 90 Day Success Plan for New Managers, and her most recent book Free Agent: The Independent Professional's Roadmap to Self-Employment Success. 


Katy Tynan knows the challenges of being a first-time manager. So she wrote How Did I Not See This Coming?, a parable for new managers. Readers will follow Julie, a newly promoted manager, as she learns and practices the five essential truths of management. Every manager will be able to relate to this delightful little book.
Ken Blanchard, Co-Author, The New One Minute Manager and One Minute Mentoring
How Did I Not See This Coming? is a fresh and engaging approach to the fundamentals of leadership. New managers will find it easy to identify with the protagonist’s situation and apply the lessons she learns to their own challenges. This book should be a part of every new manager’s orientation pack.
Abbie Lundberg, President, Lundberg Media; Former Editor in Chief, CIO Magazine
Putting on your first management hat won’t magically prepare you for the challenges ahead. How Did I Not See This Coming? demonstrates how good management advice comes from unlikely places. Every new manager and many experienced managers need to read this book.
Dan Rockwell, Author, Leadership Freak Blog
What lessons does a new manager need to learn to lead her team effectively? Katy Tynan shares the story of a young leader gaining insights through her own experiences and those of her colleagues.
Jerry Davis, Professor of Management, Michigan Ross School of Business
Katy Tynan’s How Did I Not See This Coming? fulfills the promise of providing a useful—and entertaining—management book that tells the story about what managers need to learn and do to be great.
David Grebow, CEO, KnowledgeStar
Through an engaging story about a fictional employee who learns to be an effective manager, Katy Tynan lifts the veil on insecurities and self-doubt that every new manager feels, and then gives us the perspective and tools that help managers be successful. In the vein of One Minute Manager, the book uses storytelling to convey management concepts in an entertaining way that is a must-read for all new (and experienced) managers.
Stephen Gill, Co-Founder, Learning to Be Great
Written in the format of a novel, How Did I Not See This Coming? carries us from very bad days in the life of a manager to thankfully brighter and lighter days when the protagonist of the book can finally experience a career that makes sense. This book can carry YOU there too!
Ken Lizotte, Chief Imaginative Officer, emerson consulting group
If you want to become a better manager, then you should read this book.
Jacob Morgan, Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Futurist
A refreshing and engaging take on the transition to management that’s both interesting to read and full of useful concepts for new leaders.
Jeff Wald, Founder, WorkMarket
In contrast to the countless jargon filled management guides, Katy Tynan provides clear, practical, and sage advice for any new or soon to be manager and those who help to develop them. The storytelling format is refreshingly entertaining and very effective.
Daniel Lovely, Chief Learning Officer, AIG

Book Details

ISBN: 9781562867867

Pages: 100

Pub Date: December 2017

Formats: Paperback

Product Code: 111713

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