For new managers and founders who are leading people for the first time

Manager Stash

215 curated books, videos, and courses to help you succeed as a people leader in 2023

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Why subscribe to ManagerStash when you could google "Books for new managers"?

We know you are looking for the best resources on being a good manager, and so are we. We relied heavily on Google in our research and curation process. There is an overwhelming amount out there! The challenge we face today with learning is not a scarcity of wisdom but a low chance of finding what you need the most in your current situation.  

Here is the approach we used to ensure you can get personalized help instead of generic advice that's basic and not actionable.

  • Start with a manager competency framework - We developed one after conducting 60+ interviews
  • Research to make sure we've provided several top-quality resources in ALL competency areas
  • Provide an assessment to help you figure out known areas of improvement and areas of possible improvements unknown to you
  • Allow you to filter resources based on your current need

In addition, when faced with redundant resources, e.g., multiple books on the same competency areas, we've favored ones that not only talked about the what but also provided the how. Generally, we found these resources to be more helpful and practical because it doesn't require "magic switches" like "just snap out it," "just do it," "just remember," "just face it," or "just use your willpower."

We found that willpower isn't required once new ideas and knowledge are fully absorbed. If your mindset shifts, your behavior will follow. If your behavior hasn't changed, then your mindset hasn't finished evolving. It's usually a sign that the resources haven't surfaced all the insight for you to fully understand it.

We've also favored books whose content, based on our knowledge, can be reframed using behavioral economics and organizational psychology. This quality gives us confidence that they'll be highly likely to work even when there is not as much data as of yet.

We are excited to kick off this approach with you!

Curated by Terry and Ben @ from 100+ hours of research and 60+ interviews of managers and directors