Say Thank You for Everything
The secrets of being a great manager – strategies and tactics that get results
by Jim Edwards
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Pub Date 06 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 24 May 2023
Say Thank You for Everything is a bullshit-free guide to management that shows you the right way to lead a business, inspired by Jim Edwards’s experience of helping to transform a small unread blog into a business with 200 million readers and hundreds of employees, which finally sold for $442m.
Based on a legendary internal email that distilled 19 things a new manager might find helpful, Say Thank You for Everything will show you:
- the ‘whales and fails’ method of decision-making that systematically improves your team’s results
- the incredible power of being slightly better than average
- why good hiring is 80% of everything
- how to increase productivity and reduce burnout at the same time
- why your teams should never be bigger than five people
- the importance of taking your enemies to lunch
- the surprising places great ideas actually come from
- the dark arts of successful management
- and much, much more.
You might be a brand-new boss unsure where to start, or a struggling supervisor thinking of throwing it in, or perhaps someone who just doesn’t want to lose their humanity on the way to the executive suite. Say Thank You for Everything will help you look after your people, get results for your business, and be the kind of boss you always wanted to have yourself.
“It's with great humor and humility that Jim Edwards teaches us not only how to be effective managers, but good business people. He walks us through all the emotions, the pitfalls, the lessons and the successes of being a boss. From expressing gratitude to admitting mistakes to reveling in each achievement, this is a perfect step-by-step guide for anyone just beginning their career in management. And it's a must-read for experienced managers who could use a swift kick in the pants. Everyone will come away with renewed energy and the skills to do their best.” – Michelle Gotthelf, former digital editor-in-chief of The New York Post
“Most management advice books are incredibly boring. This one most definitely isn’t. It's a great read for new managers.” – Donna Munday, executive producer, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
“As the original recipient of Jim’s email that inspired this book, I can tell you first hand that his management advice is truly timeless. It has helped me time and again throughout my career. And true to Jim’s own management style, this book is equal parts smart, funny, blunt and helpful”. – Alyson Shontell, editor-in-chief and CCO at Fortune
“Gossipy, fun, insightful and simple – Say Thank You For Everything is the management book that works on great anecdotes, not tenuous metaphors. Enjoy these memorable examples of how to get it right at work and in life – as well as how to get it spectacularly wrong. So, Jim, as everyone is probably saying, thank you.” – Christian Broughton, managing director and former editor, The Independent