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Speed Read: Managing Your Manager

The manager–managed relationship is not always easy but it is vital for you and your organisation.

Finding ways to work productively, professionally and assertively with your manager benefits not just you two but your whole organisation and, importantly, the people you serve. The manager-managed relationship is not always easy and can be compromised by imbalances of power dynamics. The important thing is that you always have some personal power to help you manage this relationship effectively. This book provides guidance on where to focus your energy and includes tips and techniques to help you work effectively with your manager.

Who should buy this book?

Anyone who has a manager. Those who manage others will also find it helpful in improving their working relationships.

What does it cover?

  • Relationships matter
  • What your manager needs
  • What you need
  • Structured conversations
  • Building resilience


‘Yes, your manager really can be managed! An insightful read that will make a huge difference to your working relationships, whether you are a manager or being managed. Having been both, I found myself nodding along and wish I’d read it years ago!’

Aviva Landau, Founding Director, Galaxy Consulting and Founding Trustee, Mother to Mother 


‘Whether you are new to being managed or simply looking to improve your relationship with your manager, this book is a great starting point. Sometimes, we get so caught up in deadlines and targets that we forget the value and importance of this relationship. This book is a friendly reminder and a source of clear and considerate advice.’

Poppy Obokoh, Individual Giving Manager (Retention), The Air Ambulance Service

About the author

Cathy Shimmin

Cathy Shimmin is the Senior Training Consultant at DSC where she designs and delivers training on management and leadership as well as personal development topics. She has worked in management for 30 years and has been managed for nearly 40.



DSC Speed Reads

Information fast if you are short on time.

They are:

  • Accessible – practical guidance on a wide range of subjects
  • Condensed – experience and expertise in just 32 pages
  • Clearly signposted – Top Tips, Case Studies and Where Next ideas

For other titles in the series and for offers go to The Speed Read Series.

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