CONGRATULATIONS! YOU’VE BEEN PROMOTED.

NOW WHAT?

THE PROBLEM:

Turns out that what it takes to be great as an individual contributor is NOT THE SAME as what it takes to be an excellent leader.

THE SOLUTION:

In WELCOME TO MANAGEMENT, Ryan Hawk provides practical, actionable advice to help new managers build and lead committed teams in the face of daunting, unanticipated challenges. He presents a three-part framework outlining best practices distilled from interviews with more than 300 of the most forward-thinking leaders in the world, as well as his own professional experience transitioning from individual producer to new leader.

Through compelling stories and data-backed case studies, the book helps high performers make the leap from individual contributor to manager with greater ease, grace, courage, and effectiveness.

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Welcome to Management is the ultimate all-in-one guide to becoming a great leader—from developing the right skills, to building and managing teams, to coaching your employees. Whether you’re a novice in a brand-new leadership role or a veteran looking to get better, this wise book is for you.

—Daniel Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author of When, Drive, and To Sell Is Human

THIS BOOK WILL TEACH YOU:

  1. Where the real work of leadership begins – [HINT: It’s not what you think]. ~ p.7
  2. The greatest medicine for fear and how to put it into practice. ~ p.48
  3. Why you need an “Operating Framework” and how to create one. ~ p.15
  4. The 3 key elements to creating a performance culture. ~ p.72
  5. The opportunity that many managers miss after they achieve success. ~ p.167

…and MUCH more!

THIS BOOK WILL BENEFIT:

ANYONE WHO WANTS TO LEAD MORE EFFECTIVELY OR ADVANCE PROFESSIONALLY

  • New managers transitioning from individual contributor roles.
  • Experienced executives seeking guidance in navigating rocky terrain, mentoring rising leaders, or improving team engagement and retention.
  • Young professionals interested in moving to a leadership role.
  • Entrepreneurs planning to grow their business and expand their teams.
  • Your entire organization!
read an excerpt from the introduction

Ryan Hawk is a master of dualities: He’s a great leader, but also a ferocious learner. He’s an accomplished athlete, but he’s also excelled in the business world. He’s eminently interesting, but he’s also genuinely interested. Ryan has uncovered the secrets of what the best leaders do and how they think. If you are a new manager transitioning from player to coach, do yourself and your team a favor and read this book. Welcome to Management will teach you to lead like the pros and build a team that wins together.

—Liz Wiseman, New York Times bestselling author of Multipliers and Rookie Smarts

Ryan Hawk is a continuous learner and passionate teacher. His book, Welcome to Management, is an invaluable tool for anyone taking responsibility for managing others.

—Patrick Lencioni, CEO of The Table Group and New York Times bestselling author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Advantage

Ryan Hawk’s work provides nuanced and articulate insights into the best way to begin developing a plan for bringing to light how we should lead—and it starts with reexamining ourselves.

—From the Foreword by General Stanley McChrystal, New York Times bestselling author of Team of Teams

Every new manager makes mistakes. But you might make fewer of them if you follow the practical advice that Ryan Hawk has spent years collecting.

Adam Grant, Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take, and host of the TED podcast WorkLife

Welcome to Management by Ryan Hawk is more than a guide on how to effectively lead people. It will force you to look inward and rethink how you learn, grow, and improve. If you want to scale up your leadership ability, you must read this book.

Verne Harnish, founder of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and bestselling author of Scaling Up

Greatness is in the agency of others. The transition from player to coach is a drastic one, but Hawk’s accessible, practical read will help new managers learn what it takes to move from being responsible for their own success to being responsible for the success of many.

Scott Galloway, Professor of Marketing at NYU Stern School of Business and bestselling author of The Four and The Algebra of Happiness

If you are curious and open for the ride, you will discover that leadership is a journey into yourself. Ryan Hawk is someone who points the way, illustrating how you can’t lead a team or a company until you first learn to lead yourself. Ryan offers inspiring and practical advice based on his lessons as a sports and business athlete and by sharing insights he’s learned from others along the way.

Beth Comstock, former Vice Chair of GE and bestselling author of Imagine It Forward

A superb script for sustained success, Welcome to Management is the perfect playbook for leaders who want to go to the next level.

James Kerr, bestselling author of Legacy

Ryan Hawk is that rarest of people—a truly curious soul who asks questions that drill down into the heart of the matter, leave space for contemplation, and gently urge his subjects to look inside for answers they might not yet have discovered themselves.

Robert Kurson, New York Times bestselling author of Shadow Divers

New managers face a steep learning curve and an entirely new landscape of opportunity and responsibility. With this book, Ryan has created a resource for the day-to-day tactics of great leaders. Don’t miss out on this incredible companion for managers who aspire to lead strong teams to extraordinary outcomes.

Scott Belsky, Founder and CEO of Behance and author of The Messy Middle

The same traits that brought Ryan Hawk success as an athlete and business leader—curiosity, self-awareness, commitment—make him an indispensable guide to the crucial and often challenging transition from player to leader. By reading Welcome to Management, you’ll be standing on the shoulders of the hundreds of legendary business leaders whose wisdom Hawk has distilled.

Alex Hutchinson, bestselling author of Endure

A thorough, well-researched, and highly practical manual for new managers. When you promote someone, first congratulate them, and then immediately hand them a copy of this book.

Todd Henry, author of Herding Tigers

If you are new to a leadership role, then this book has the power to take years off your learning curve. If you have been leading a team forever, then the depth of experience in this read will make you wonder how you made it this far without it and will empower you to raise your game to a new level.

Phil Jones, author of Exactly What to Say

Ryan Hawk offers much needed practical advice to help tackle the challenges ahead for new managers. It is especially valuable as you realize the hard truth that being good at a job doesn’t directly translate into being successful at leading others to do it. That hard truth, and Ryan’s answer to it, are worth buying this book.

Annie Duke, bestselling author of Thinking in Bets

Ryan Hawk uses his unique knowledge and understanding of leadership to help the reader learn practical ways to lead, to build the right culture, and to improve each day. Ryan uses great examples to deliver his message, and after reading this book, I am ready to enact his words of wisdom.

Michael Lombardi, three-time Super Bowl-winning executive and author of Gridiron Genius

A no-nonsense book from a no-nonsense guy about the challenges and opportunities of leadership, drawn from experience and failure and the best of what others have figured out.

Brent Beshore, CEO of adventur.es and author of The Messy Marketplace

From the time he was a young high school and collegiate quarterback to the present, Ryan Hawk has always had the passion to serve and to lead. His presentations, podcasts, and now his book will make a difference in many lives.

Jim Tressel, former National Champion Ohio State University football coach and President of Youngstown State University

Ryan Hawk is a master of dualities: He’s a great leader, but also a ferocious learner. He’s an accomplished athlete, but he’s also excelled in the business world. He’s eminently interesting, but he’s also genuinely interested. Ryan has uncovered the secrets of what the best leaders do and how they think. If you are a new manager transitioning from player to coach, do yourself and your team a favor and read this book. Welcome to Management will teach you to lead like the pros and build a team that wins together.

—Liz Wiseman, New York Times bestselling author of Multipliers and Rookie Smarts

Ryan Hawk is a continuous learner and passionate teacher. His book, Welcome to Management, is an invaluable tool for anyone taking responsibility for managing others.

—Patrick Lencioni, CEO of The Table Group and New York Times bestselling author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Advantage

Ryan Hawk’s work provides nuanced and articulate insights into the best way to begin developing a plan for bringing to light how we should lead—and it starts with reexamining ourselves.

—From the Foreword by General Stanley McChrystal, New York Times bestselling author of Team of Teams

Every new manager makes mistakes. But you might make fewer of them if you follow the practical advice that Ryan Hawk has spent years collecting.

Adam Grant, Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take, and host of the TED podcast WorkLife

Welcome to Management by Ryan Hawk is more than a guide on how to effectively lead people. It will force you to look inward and rethink how you learn, grow, and improve. If you want to scale up your leadership ability, you must read this book.

Verne Harnish, founder of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and bestselling author of Scaling Up

Greatness is in the agency of others. The transition from player to coach is a drastic one, but Hawk’s accessible, practical read will help new managers learn what it takes to move from being responsible for their own success to being responsible for the success of many.

Scott Galloway, Professor of Marketing at NYU Stern School of Business and bestselling author of The Four and The Algebra of Happiness

If you are curious and open for the ride, you will discover that leadership is a journey into yourself. Ryan Hawk is someone who points the way, illustrating how you can’t lead a team or a company until you first learn to lead yourself. Ryan offers inspiring and practical advice based on his lessons as a sports and business athlete and by sharing insights he’s learned from others along the way.

Beth Comstock, former Vice Chair of GE and bestselling author of Imagine It Forward

A superb script for sustained success, Welcome to Management is the perfect playbook for leaders who want to go to the next level.

James Kerr, bestselling author of Legacy

Ryan Hawk is that rarest of people—a truly curious soul who asks questions that drill down into the heart of the matter, leave space for contemplation, and gently urge his subjects to look inside for answers they might not yet have discovered themselves.

Robert Kurson, New York Times bestselling author of Shadow Divers

New managers face a steep learning curve and an entirely new landscape of opportunity and responsibility. With this book, Ryan has created a resource for the day-to-day tactics of great leaders. Don’t miss out on this incredible companion for managers who aspire to lead strong teams to extraordinary outcomes.

Scott Belsky, Founder and CEO of Behance and author of The Messy Middle

The same traits that brought Ryan Hawk success as an athlete and business leader—curiosity, self-awareness, commitment—make him an indispensable guide to the crucial and often challenging transition from player to leader. By reading Welcome to Management, you’ll be standing on the shoulders of the hundreds of legendary business leaders whose wisdom Hawk has distilled.

Alex Hutchinson, bestselling author of Endure

A thorough, well-researched, and highly practical manual for new managers. When you promote someone, first congratulate them, and then immediately hand them a copy of this book.

Todd Henry, author of Herding Tigers

If you are new to a leadership role, then this book has the power to take years off your learning curve. If you have been leading a team forever, then the depth of experience in this read will make you wonder how you made it this far without it and will empower you to raise your game to a new level.

Phil Jones, author of Exactly What to Say

Ryan Hawk offers much needed practical advice to help tackle the challenges ahead for new managers. It is especially valuable as you realize the hard truth that being good at a job doesn’t directly translate into being successful at leading others to do it. That hard truth, and Ryan’s answer to it, are worth buying this book.

Annie Duke, bestselling author of Thinking in Bets

Ryan Hawk uses his unique knowledge and understanding of leadership to help the reader learn practical ways to lead, to build the right culture, and to improve each day. Ryan uses great examples to deliver his message, and after reading this book, I am ready to enact his words of wisdom.

Michael Lombardi, three-time Super Bowl-winning executive and author of Gridiron Genius

A no-nonsense book from a no-nonsense guy about the challenges and opportunities of leadership, drawn from experience and failure and the best of what others have figured out.

Brent Beshore, CEO of adventur.es and author of The Messy Marketplace

From the time he was a young high school and collegiate quarterback to the present, Ryan Hawk has always had the passion to serve and to lead. His presentations, podcasts, and now his book will make a difference in many lives.

Jim Tressel, former National Champion Ohio State University football coach and President of Youngstown State University

FROM THE INTRODUCTION OF

WELCOME TO MANAGEMENT

Ancora imparo. (Yet, I am learning.) *
– Michelangelo

Jennifer materialized in the doorway of my brand-new office without a sound.

I nearly jumped when I looked up and saw her standing there. Her pursed lips struggled to keep her face from spilling the emotion that was clearly dammed up.

It wasn’t good.

It was my first week as a manager — my first week having an office with walls and a door that closed, not to mention a big window and a fancy Herman Miller chair.

What did I do?

Thoughts of self-doubt welled up in me. I had been promoted to lead the team that I had been a member of just days earlier. She’s probably upset they chose me, or she thinks I don’t deserve it, that I’m too young, too inexperienced. Could she be right? I’m only 27, and she started her career when I was in grade school.

“Oh! Hey, Jennifer. What’s—” I didn’t get to finish.

“Ryan, my husband cheated on me,” she said. Her voice quivered.

“He wants . . . a divorce.”

What?

If this moment had a soundtrack, Jennifer’s words would’ve cut the music with a giant record-scratch.

Why is she telling me this? What am I supposed to do? My mind reeled. I couldn’t imagine divulging this kind of information to my boss (especially someone I only knew casually as a peer a few days ago), let alone having any clue what to do when I was the “boss” getting it dropped in my lap.

I had not counted on this kind of conversation in my new leadership role. Nobody told me that a manager would have to deal with situations like this.

Welcome to management.

If you are holding this book because you’ve just been promoted and are in a new management position, congratulations. You are now the subject of the dinner table conversations of every person who reports to you.

You have become the individual your employees complain about to their spouses and children. You are now responsible for the careers of those who report to you. You are now “the boss.”

Did you realize what your manager did when you were an individual contributor? Did you think they had it easy?

If you’re like I was, you probably couldn’t wait to get your promotion and become the boss. Unfortunately, you don’t fully appreciate everything management entails until it’s your job to do.

With Jennifer standing there, waiting for me to respond, I quickly realized there was so much more to leading a team than I had previously thought. In that moment, it dawned on me: I wasn’t sure what a manager actually did.

ABOUT RYAN HAWK

Ryan Hawk is a keynote speaker, author, advisor, and the host of The Learning Leader Show, a podcast with millions of listeners in more than 150 countries.

He is the author of Welcome To Management: How To Grow From Top Performer To Excellent Leader  (McGraw-Hill). A lifelong student of leadership, he rose to roles as a professional quarterback and VP of Sales at a multi-billion dollar company. Currently, as head of Brixey & Meyer’s leadership advisory practice, Ryan speaks regularly at Fortune 500 companies, works with teams and players in the NFL, NBA, and NCAA, and facilitates “Leadership Circles” that offer structured guidance and collaborative feedback to new and experienced leaders.

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