Does your job involve managing people?
Do you ever worry that you sometimes harbour feelings of genuine hostility towards your team?
Are your staff management revenge fantasies becoming ever-more exotic? Perhaps even unbalanced?
Don’t worry. This is a perfectly normal state of affairs, and you can be sure that your counterparts in other companies are suffering equally at the hands of their staff. You are not a bad person, and probably not a bad manager either. After all, these people aren't your friends. When hostility – or even hatred – tiptoes up behind the manager’s conscience with a cosh and a swag bag, a heightened sense of awareness can make all the difference between regaining consciousness in a gutter with a terrifying headache and a demotion, or going home in full possession of your sanity and career prospects.
Written by an expert manager with over 20 years’ experience of managing staff at all levels, These People Are Not Your Friends takes a sideways look at what it means to be a manager. It's a light read with some serious messages, and will prove an invaluable ally in helping you negotiate the management minefield unscathed.