Managing is hard. Managing for the first time is even harder. Bringing Up the Boss is here to help.

Rachel Pacheco Bringing Up the Boss: Practical Lessons for New Managers book cover

First-timers want to quickly learn what it takes to be a successful manager—like they learned how to code, how to design, how to sell—and put those learnings into practice. But what does it mean to manage, and how do you teach someone to be a good manager?

Enter Rachel Pacheco, an expert at helping start-ups solve their management and culture challenges. Pacheco, a former chief people officer and founding team executive at multiple start-ups, conducts research on management and works with CEOs and their managers to build the skills necessary to navigate a rapidly scaling organization.

In Bringing Up the Boss, you’ll learn how to give effective feedback, how to motivate your team members, and how to hire and fire well, among many other critical management skills. You’ll also learn what it means to manage yourself in this new role, and how to navigate the often awkward and sometimes challenging situations that arise in this new position.

In Bringing Up the Boss, Rachel shares what makes a manager great, along with anecdotes, research, tools, and how-to's that help overwhelmed employees become expert managers fast.

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What others say

“The tools in this book are accessible and easy-to-use—I immediately put them into practice on my own teams. This is required reading for first-time and senior managers.”

Fiona Greig, Global Head of Research


“A surprisingly useful, surprisingly funny guide to being a first-time manager—by a manager turned management professor.”

Adam Grant

#1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again

Bringing Up the Boss helps new and established managers quickly gain skills and immediately apply them to their day-to-day.”

Stephan Jacob, Cofounder & COO


“Start-ups are inherently bananas. Bringing Up the Boss helps make them a little more sane by focusing on what managers in these high-growth companies need to do to succeed.”

Andrew Savage, Founding Team & Head of Sustainability


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