Your colleague/friend/employee has just been promoted into their first manager role and you’re looking for the perfect gift that they’ll actually use. Just in time for the holiday season, we’ve put together the ultimate guide of gifts for new managers complete with books, gift cards, subscriptions and desk swag.
7 books on management that are especially valuable for first-time managers tackling things like giving hard feedback, creating psychological safety on your team and goal-setting.
Peter F. Drucker
Before you manage other people, think about how you manage yourself. Peter F. Drucker’s book is chock full of insights into how to take charge of your own career path first. A must-read for new and seasoned managers.
Andrew S. Grove
Andrew Grove’s book is laser-focused on building high performing teams. You can find advice and tools on everything from giving feedback to managing one-on-one meetings in High Output Management.
Radical Candor provides a simple framework for being a good manager: To be a good manager, you have to care personally and challenge directly. The book is heavily focused on how practicing radical candor will help you manage your team and specifically give your team feedback.
Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
The New One Minute Manager is a revision of the original The One Minute Manager that has been updated to reflect new challenges of the modern workplace. Told as a story, and totalling 112 pages, it’s an easy and inspiring read on how to approach managing teams.
This book has everything you need to set goals with your team. It dives deep into the OKR goal setting technique and shows how it has been implemented at companies like Google, Intel and more.
Daniel Coyle digs into some of the world’s leading companies and shows what makes their culture unique.
Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
The ONE Thing is all about focus. Cut through the noise, the clutter of both daily life and work to focus on one thing you can do differently to achieve your goals. While it may be marketed as a self-help book, it’s really a guide on how to do more with less.
Gift Cards and Subscriptions
Transitioning into a management role is tough. You’re constantly wondering “am I doing this right?” or “do they like me?” These un-traditional subscriptions and gift cards will help de-stress, caffein-ate and delight new managers.
Guided daily meditation that will help managers decompress, de-stress and focus.
A coffee subscription service that can be delivered weekly, bi-weekly or monthly for that extra pep in your step.
5 featured books every month to choose from and pick the one you like the most to have it delivered right to your door. The perfect gift for that manager bookworm in your life.
For those extra tense days, order a massage…literally to your door.
Every health and wellness service under the sun, from yoga to hair styling you can book it through MindBody.
If you’re stumped, you can never go wrong with an Amazon gift card.
New role usually means a new workspace. What better way to kickoff a new job than with some new desk swag?
Learning to juggle managing a team with individual contributor responsibilities take time, training and tools. Whether you’re buying for a friend, colleague or employee, the best thing you can give them? Support (and SoapBox of course 😉).