I am 32 years old and have worked as a computer programmer for ten years. Recently, I was hired for a managerial position with another firm. I look forward to the job but am uneasy about being the manager. I feel confident in my work skills, but not as confident about my managerial skills. (I applied for a job with a new company as a technical worker, and they offered me the management job.) I will be supervising six people. Would you consider writing about the "essentials of management?" I'm sure you have written about this before, but I never thought it would affect me. I know there are golden rules of management that I am unaware of, and I don't want one of the people I will be supervising to write a letter to you about me!

I doubt you will get a letter written about you as long as you continue to be eager and open to learning about how to manage people. I suspect it's the ones who think they know it all and aren't introspective about their skills who get letters written about them.

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