• Interview: Roberta Chinsky Matuson, Author of Suddenly in Charge: Managing Up, Managing Down, Succeeding All Around

    Book Title:Roberta Chinsky Matuson
    Suddenly in Charge: Managing Up, Managing Down, Succeeding All Around

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    Twitter: @matuson
    Facebook: Human Resource Solutions
    LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/roberta-chinsky-matuson/0/5a/51a

    What is your book about?
    As companies reorganize and reengineer, thousands of people are finding themselves tossed into management every day. The key to success is managing effectively both up and down the line of the organization. And Suddenly in Charge provides this unique approach with two books in one: read it one direction and you’ll find all the tips and tools you need to manage down and establish credibility with your team; flip the book over and you’ll find success strategies for managing up, the key to managing your reputation and your career. With a foreword by Alan Weiss, bestselling author of Million-Dollar Consulting, this handy little book is a must-have resource to help the new manager truly shine from day one.

    What inspired you to write your book?
    I was 24 years old when I was tossed into management, with little more than a prayer. I learned the hard way that if you don’t manage up, you won’t have to worry about managing down.

    Some people believe the right of passage is something that all new managers should have to go through. My personal belief is that the right of passage is wrong and I’m hoping that I can prevent others from the pain of making avoidable mistakes.

    I also believe much has changed since I first became a manager. I feel it’s important for today’s executives to know what it’s like for their people to be suddenly in charge in an environment where volatility is the new norm.

    How did you come to do what you’re doing today?
    I’m fortunate to be able to take all the lessons that I learned along the way and be in the position of helping more than one company create an exceptional workplace that leads to extraordinary results.

    Can you describe a typical day in your life?
    There’s nothing typical about the day in the life of a consultant as our days change like the wind. One day I might be working on creating a strategy to boost productivity and profitability and the next day I may be keynoting at a Fortune 500 company.

    What do you most enjoy about what you do?
    Helping my clients become more profitable. Watching executives private coaching clients achieve milestones they never thought were possible.

    Are there any people and/or books that have inspired you along your journey?
    Marshall Goldsmith’s, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There. A must read for all.

    Can you share some business tips for our readers?
    Take your time when hiring, as it’s the most important part of any leader’s job.

    Build on strengths. Invest in your best performers and dismiss those who have no chance of improvement.

    Don’t try to do it all. Identify what you are good at and don’t be afraid to use an outside resource who will tell you what you need to hear.

    Can you share something that people might be surprised to learn about you?
    When I was 29 years old, I quit my job and traveled around the world by myself for an entire year. I incorporate the lessons I learned along the way into my work with clients.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    My book was just selected as a Top 5 Business Book for Leaders by the Washington Post!

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