Top 10 Tools and Resources for New Managers

Top 10 Tools and Resources for New Managers

Starting a new job with management responsibilities?  It can be overwhelming.  The good news is there are plenty of tools to help you be successful in your new management role.  Here are a few of my favorites:

  1. The Association for Talent Development – ATD (formerly ASTD) is an industry association for trainers, managers, and anyone involved in developing people. They have workshops, online resources, as well as local chapters to help new and experienced managers connect with their peers.
  2. The American Management Association – The AMA is a great source for leadership and management training and development.  They have seminars and events as well as books and podcasts that cover every imaginable topic.
  3. The Dale Carnegie Institute – One of the original and still most respected management training organizations, the Dale Carnegie Institute offers training resources for every level of manager and provides courses in many locations and formats.
  4. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – The SHRM has courses, forms, interview tips and tricks and loads of articles to help you find your way in a new management role.
  5. Franklin Covey – The Franklin planning system combined with Stephen Covey’s powerful tools for time and priority management can be a huge help as you try to keep up with new responsibilities and new priorities.  Offering both training and tools, Franklin Covey is a great place to start if you are feeling overwhelmed and need better ways to get a grip on time management.
  6. David Allen – Getting Things Done is David Allen’s process for time management.  It’s a different mindset than Franklin Covey, and if your inbox is raging out of control, it’s worth understanding GTD to get yourself organized and get ahead of the game.
  7. Mind Tools – This great site has both training and tools to support you as you grow your leadership skills.  A full suite of great info to help you get off on the right foot!
  8. Wally Bock’s Working Supervisor Support Kit – Wally Bock is a veteran in the leadership development space.  His leadership kit will give you the benefit of two decades of leadership training and support for new managers.
  9. Evernote – You never know when a great idea or a solution to a nagging problem will come to you.  Evernote lets you grab clips of articles that inspire you, jot down ideas or take quick voice notes and share them across all your devices so wherever you are, your ideas can come with you.
  10. Dropbox – Similar to Evernote, Dropbox is an essential tool for keeping documents (like draft meeting agendas) or other key items someplace you can access from anywhere.

What tools do you use to keep you organized on the go?


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  • While this tool isn’t for keeping organized, I think there are two great tools for new managers.

    StrengthsFinders 2.0 and StandOut. These assessments help unravel your strengths and the areas you work best in. Not only that, you can give them to your employees to find the best place for them on your team.

    Joe Lalonde Reply
    • Hi Joe – Great point! I think assessment tools related to strengths and communication styles can be really important to find the best ways to keep people motivated. We just used the Insights Discovery Profile (similar to Myers Briggs) for our team and it was really great. Thanks!

      Katy Reply
  • Great list Katy! Love using Evernote and logmein. I read John Maxwell’s Developing The Leader With In You, and a little known great read, Elizabeth I CEO by Alan Axelrod, Ph.D

    jilliebfree Reply
    • Hi Jillie – John Maxwell has written some great stuff – I haven’t heard of Elizabeth I CEO but I’ll have a look. Thanks!

      Katy Reply

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