You were an absolute rock-star as an employee...
...but as a manager you're struggling.
You accepted a move into management, and now find your leadership skills are lacking.
You’re feeling overwhelmed. Frustrated. Overworked. Under-appreciated. Competitive, even against your own team — how is that even possible?
You are afraid to fail but unsure about how to succeed. You're doing what you've always done. But, repeating past behaviors just isn’t working. The results you are producing just aren’t cutting it.
So, what happened?
The same thing that has happened to countless businesses and employees before you. A promising employee is tapped for a management role based on their performance, and promptly finds themselves failing.
The problem is that the skills that make you a high-performing employee rarely translate to being a successful manager. They are simply too different. One doesn’t prepare us for the other.
Often, as new managers, we react to this problem by back-sliding into old behaviors. We pick up work from our team. We say things like, "It will be easier if I just do this myself."
This is an all too common but dangerous practice. One that often leads to burnout and teams that fail to produce positive results or churn through employees… or both!
There has to be a way to avoid this, right?
What we lack is perspective. We don’t know what we don't know.
You were successful as an employee. You’re committed to being successful as a manager. And, you know the key is knowledge. Knowledge that will help you navigate this new domain.
This path isn’t for everyone…
It will force you to evaluate your weaknesses. To think beyond yourself and your success — to focus on your ability to lead.
Who Am I?
I have held positions with management or leadership responsibility for over 20 years.
Today, I lead a globally distributed product group for a SaaS company. Some days I'm an architect, some days I'm a product manager, other days I work on product market fit and strategy.
I wear a lot of hats, drawing on my experience where it can be put to best use, but every day has one thing in common: I'm an effective and successful manager and leader.
That was not always the case...
I didn't begin my career as a particularly good or effective manager.
You see, I fell into the same trap that most new managers experience. I was a great employee, and I believed that if I set a good example and worked along side my teams, I would be successful. Lead from the front, and all that.
It simply didn't work.
It took me years, decades even, to figure out what works and what doesn't - and some not inconsequential key failures to get there.
My intent is to help you avoid repeating that experience. I want to help you become a successful and effective manager and leader, without spending decades making the same mistakes that I did.
Who Are You?
I have a theory about who you are...
I'm assuming that you are where I once was, and you're looking for a better way to move forward because what you are doing right now just isn't working.
Put simply: you need help, guidance, a bit of direction. I get it, I've been there too.
You're in some form of a managerial role, and that means you have a team that reports directly to you, or you manage something specific like a project or product, or possibly a combination of the two.
You are responsible for something bigger than yourself. People depend on you. You have an impact on the business, on customers, on employees — on people and their livelihood, their lives.
Faced with new challenges, new responsibilities, a new normalized level of stress-inducing expectations, how do we react?
We fall back on what works — and what worked for you in your previous role was doing a stellar job, as an individual contributor — and assisting those around you when you can, as much as you can.
What's the problem? There are only so many hours in the day.
Matt has aggregated the leadership and management principles and lessons that are the subject of hundreds of various books and personal experience, and distilled them into key components that are specific and applicable to anyone who is transitioning from being the one that gets things done to leading the team that gets things done, and then presented them in a way that is easy-to-read, thought-provoking, and actionable.
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
If you are a new, or even relatively new manager striving to do better for your team and ultimately achieve success then this book is for you. It helps lay out the pitfalls for new managers, guides you through ideas, and walks you down the path towards improvement. Matt does a great job of relating the reasons why we struggle so we can see for ourselves what is going on, and does not just blindly give us the instructions.
Truly worth a read — maybe even multiple reads.
Cloud Operations Director, Author
Having Matthew as a coach and mentor has greatly improved my career. I’ve been promoted 2 times as I’ve concentrated on expanding my workplace influence under Matthew’s guidance. He has helped to propel me into a position that I can foresee myself doing long term with many ways to continually improve and move vertically.
I cannot recommend Matthew more as a coach and mentor.
Senior Program Manager
As an entrepreneur I felt overwhelmed with the task of managing consultants. I did not have the skills to properly manage my team, which caused frustration for all involved, and I felt the ever-present micromanaging to be draining. After working with Matt, I now feel empowered with leadership skills, efficient processes, and a better attitude on how to improve my team. His expertise is amazing and he has taken me step-by-step through establishing simple systems. Now I am confident in leading my team and knowing how to trust and grow my business in a more positive and simple way.
World Renowned Grant Writing Expert & Best-selling Author
Every leader needs a roadmap to help them navigate the intricacies of guiding, managing, and inspiring their team members. What hasn't been easily available until now is access to a roadmap from someone who has been there and done it successfully.
Not only has Mr. Overlund been a tremendous leader to his teams, but he's also now written the go-to guide every leader needs to successfully lead those under their stewardship.
This will quickly become the most recommended book among company leaders, I highly recommend you get yours right away!
Author & Strategic Book Coach