#YourNextBeachRead is a way to introduce you to a new author and their works in the hopes that you’ll find the next book you want to take with you to the beach, the pool, or the comforts of air conditioning.
Today’s featured author is Randy Clark, author of The New Manager’s Workbook.
What’s your name and where are you from?
Randy Clark, Indianapolis, IN
How long have you been writing? How did you start?
Good question. I began writing management and leadership copy about 20 years ago. I was VP of operations for a growing business. We went from 6 million a year to 40 in under five years. The problem was we had no procedures in writing. So, I set about writing procedural manuals, checklists, and training guides. When I left that position in 2008, I went out on my own as a leadership trainer and began writing to support my efforts.
Who are some of your influences?
In leadership, John Maxwell, Ken Blanchard, and John Wooden.
What is your book about?
It’s a workbook for new managers. The workbook covers 13 modules that managers will face from hiring to conflict management. Each chapter shares what, how, and why with examples, worksheets, checklists, and forms. Businesses use the book as a management development program, and it’s used to teach a college course on supervision.
Where did you get the idea?
When I began conducting management training for organizations, I was startled by how little management training I found. Too often managers were thrown into the deep end of management without the basic tools they needed to stay afloat.
How long did it take you to finish it?
I hate to admit it, but I began the book in 2008 and published it in 2015. It was a learning process. My second book took about a year, the third six months.
Is this your first book, or have you written more than one?
It is my first. My fourth is at the editor, and my fifth is ready for my final read through.
We all like to write about people we know, even if we never name them. Who are some people who inspired characters or situations?
Several managers I worked with inspired me. However, my most reoccurring source of topics is all the mistakes I made in management and leadership.
What’s your favorite scene in the book?
It’s hard to choose my favorite chapter, but I’d lean toward behavioral modification or conducting meetings. No wait, training or maybe …
What’s the best piece of writing advice you ever got?
The ol’ write drunk edit sober. When I write, I try to let nothing interrupt my flow. For example, I turn off spell check when I write. I turn it on when I edit. Writing and editing use different parts of the brain. Stopping to edit, even spell check, interrupts the flow. And I don’t kid myself that I can multitask these two actions. There is no such thing as multitasking; our brain task switches, which isn’t a good writing strategy.
I also want to mention I had some great advice from a friend and fellow writer about the title of this book. My working title was, “The New Manager’s Workbook.” A friend suggested I add, “A Crash Course in Effective Management.” Thank you, Erik!
What’s the worst?
OMG, half the crap they preach in school. Such as being required to write a set number of words or pages. This still haunts writers. “Rules” such as, don’t begin a sentence with a conjunction or end with a preposition. Double spaces, between sentences is good if you use a typewriter. Stop it. And, (see what I did there?) not using the Oxford comma.
Where can we buy your book?
Randy Clark is an Amazon Best Seller and the Director of Communications at TKO Graphix, where he blogs for TKO Brandwire. Randy is passionate about social media, leadership development, and networking. He’s the proud father of two educators, four amazing grandchildren, and a public speaking wife. He resides in Speedway, IN and on weekends he can be found performing Rock & Roll with the Under the Radar band, running a 5K, flower gardening, or sharing an IPA