Gary Winters

Coach  Workshop Facilitator Author

Stop the Presses!

I’m pleased to announce the publication of my new book, What Your Boss Never Told You – The Quick Start Guide for New Managers.

The book is a collection of important ideas about what it means to be a manager in today’s organizations, some basic and relevant principles of human behavior, and information about what highly effective managers do in contrast with their peers.

So is this book really about things your boss never told you? I believe so.

There are some great bosses out there who excel at mentoring others – but there are far more who don’t. And even if you work for a Great Boss, and hope to emulate him or her in your own leadership practice, the odds are still pretty good that your boss hasn’t shared all of this information with you – because most bosses haven’t spent the time organizing it in this way. For example:

  • Has your boss told you about the three kinds of employees you will be managing and the implications of this for your management practice?
  • Has your boss ever talked about the best two- word job description of an effective manager?
  • Has your boss passed on to you what most people really want from their boss?
  • Have you discussed how and when to include your staff in your decision-making process?

I’m betting not.

I’m not knocking your boss.

Most managers aren’t as skilled (or committed) as we might like them to be in developing new managers. And let’s face it – most of them weren’t carefully and consciously coached themselves when they took their first management position. Add to that they have many priorities – and getting you “coached up” is but one of them.

Perhaps “Lesson #1” should be this: your development as a manager is really up to you. You must make the commitment to some honest self-assessment and find the resources to develop your skills. This book is a great place to start.

To learn more about the book you can visit its website: You can also go directly to if you prefer.

“What ELSE Your Boss Never Told You” is the sequel to the very popular “What Your Boss Never Told You.” Packed inside are more tips, techniques, and insights about the challenging, but rewarding leadership position.

“What ELSE Your Boss Never Told You” is written in a conversational tone, as though you and the author were enjoying a cup of coffee and talking about the issues that emerge for new leaders. It stands alone, and/or could be read before or after the first volume, “What Your Boss Never Told You.” You can start with any chapter and read in any order you like.

if you search for a book on management, you’ll find a staggering 600,000+ books currently available. How can you narrow that down? “What Your Boss Never Told You” is the best place to start.

No textbook here – this book is short and sweet. It’s designed to help you “unpack” your new job and be effective from the first day with your new team. It contains twenty-one chapters filled with the wisdom Winters has gathered from real managers – effective, successful leaders in organizations much like yours.

Leaders make decisions every day – big and small. Most know that if they include others in the decision-making process, the quality of those decisions – and the commitment to them – will likely improve. That said, they also know it’s impractical, if not impossible, to include others in every decision they confront.

“To Do or Not To Do” tackles the question of when to make decisions on your own, and when to involve your team. It gives you a deceptively simple but proven method to determine, when you are facing a difficult decision, how to decide how to decide.

Far too many meetings are dreadful, mind-numbing, energy-draining, productivity-sapping, colossal wastes of time. As someone once said, “To kill time, a meeting is the perfect weapon.”

Here’s the deal: if you’re willing to learn and apply the techniques in “So, How Was Your Meeting?”, you’ll call fewer meetings, while vastly improving the ones you do lead. They’ll take less time, have more balanced participation, produce better decisions, and result in concrete action items for follow-up afterwards.

While there are thousands of books written for people about to retire, this may be the only book for people who manage soon-to-retire employees. Written in a casual, conversational style, “Managing the Soon To Retire Employee” will give you everything you need to know to move forward with confidence and grace.

You can be successful with Sooners. It won’t happen by chance, and it’s not a matter of pulling some management “trick” out of your hat. But you can learn how to do it, and you can apply what you’ve learned right away.

Managing friends or former peers can be awkward. When you become the boss, everything about these relationships can suddenly be uncomfortable. There’s a new set of ground rules to establish – as manager, you are going be accountable for the work performance of friends or former co-workers on the team, and they are going to have to adjust to the fact that they now report to you. Everyone involved can feel awkward and hesitant about the future. 

Have you been approached by management with an offer to promote you to supervision? Or, are you mulling over the possibility for the future? Find yourself not sure whether to accept the promotion?

If so, you’ve come to the right place. Help! They Want to Make ME a Supervisor will help you sort out a very big question: Should you accept the offer to become a supervisor? Once you’ve read this book, you’ll be confident that you’ve made the best decision for you and for your organization.