The Making of a Manager by Julie Zhuo

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Julie Zhuo is a Chinese-American businessperson and computer scientist, the vice president of product design at Facebook. Her book The Making of a Manager was published in 2019. Learn more about the author and her book, as well as ratings and reviews on the latter.

As one of Silicon Valley’s top product design executives, Julie Zhuo leads the teams behind some of the most popular web and mobile services used by billions of people around the world.

Julie loves learning about people. She writes about technology, great user experiences, and leadership on her popular blog “The Year of the Looking Glass” as well as publications like the New York Times and Fast Company.

She lives with her husband and two children in California.

Let’s take a closer look now at her book The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You (2019).


Congratulations, you’re a manager! After you pop the champagne, accept the shiny new title, and step into this thrilling next chapter of your career, the truth descends like a fog: you don’t really know what you’re doing.

That’s exactly how Julie Zhuo felt when she became a rookie manager at the age of 25. She stared at a long list of logistics–from hiring to firing, from meeting to messaging, from planning to pitching–and faced a thousand questions and uncertainties. How was she supposed to spin teamwork into value? How could she be a good steward of her reports’ careers? What was the secret to leading with confidence in new and unexpected situations?

Now, having managed teams spanning tens to hundreds of people, Julie knows the most important lesson of all: great managers are made, not born. If you’re reading this book, you’re already on your way to becoming a great manager.

The Making of a Manager is a modern field guide packed with everyday examples and transformative insights, including:

  • How to tell a great manager from an average manager (illustrations included)
  • When you should look past an awkward interview and hire someone anyway
  • How to build trust with your reports through not being a boss
  • Where to look when you lose faith and lack the answers

Whether you’re new to the job, a veteran leader, or looking to be promoted, this is the handbook you need to be the kind of manager you wish you had.

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