I’m pleased to announce the 2nd edition of Managing Humans is now available.
I’ve always wanted to write the preface to the 2nd Edition of a book. To me, a new preface implies that something has both timeliness to it, but continues to have more to say. It’s 2012, five years after the initial publication of the first book and the world of technology and leadership continues to evolve and my hope is the second edition of Managing Humans provides further relevant and timely clarification.
Topics of note to this edition:
I’ve added 14 new chapters. Yes, like previous books, much of this work has already been seen on the blog, but I believe there is a substantive difference to reading these chapters as a collection rather than individually. Some of my favorite articles such as Bored People Quit, Hacking is Important, and The Update, The Vent, and the Disaster are now a part of this book.
Many of the existing chapters have had another editing pass for both errors and clarity. The closing glossary had major editing surgery and remains one of my favorite sources of tweet-sized snark. In related news, I am told that no one knows what a Rolodex is which I find disturbing.
Lastly, several embarrassing chapters are simply gone – I will sleep better at night knowing these poorly shaped thoughts are no longer part of the book.
In the last five years, I’ve changed my stance on remote workers (We have to make it work), I still firmly believe that you need to spend 30 minutes at least with each of your co-workers (It’s the cheapest early warning system you can build), and I increasingly believe the reason you see hackers as CEOs of significant businesses is because the more the hacker mindset infects a company, the healthier the company (And healthy companies survive).
Once more, I’d like to thank the Rands in Repose readers for their continued support. I believe the topics we chew on on this oddly shaped corner of the Internet are increasingly important.