Review: Resilient Management
The first time I read Resilient Management by Lara Hogan was a couple of years ago shortly after it was published. I’ve read it once more together with a group of managers from Codemill and gone back to parts of it many times since.
It’s a relatively short management book at just over 100 pages, but not because it lacks content but rather because it covers it efficiently, without a lot of fluff. Through five chapters Lara guides you through the different skills around human growth and resiliency you need to successfully lead a team.
Laura begins by telling you the basics of group development, which then forms a sort of outline for the first few chapters. The first chapter about meeting your team focuses on the forming stage for a group. It gives you some ideas around core needs and suggestions for the first 1:1 with your team members. You’ll also get some help presenting who you are as a leader to your team.
In the next chapter, you’ll get some tools to help your team members grow through the norming and storming phases of group development. Finally, chapter three focuses on setting clear expectations for the performing phase. The last two chapters are about communication and building resiliency, which are useful for all the stages of group development.
Each chapter ends with a set of coaching questions you can use to reflect or discuss with others. When I read this book with some of my peers we did a group discussion after each chapter using these questions. It was a great way to approach the book as you learn both from the book and each other.
I would recommend this book to anyone starting out in management. Even seasoned managers can probably find plenty of useful ideas, but the book focuses primarily on managing a team of individual contributors and does not go into managing managers.
As a leader, I favor transparency and collaboration, often involving my teammates in figuring out the best way forward. It’s important for me to build trust and to work long term. I want to build bridges and increase collaboration between teams.