A breezy, enjoyable debut that recalls the trials, tribulations and successes of a veteran editor, with advice for others seeking the same career.
Lifelong newsman Gilman looks back on his career, much of it spent as an editor at the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and Fortune, and shares tips for managing the creative types that fill newsrooms and other lessons learned in the executive suite. The author is a good storyteller, and his guide to successful management is punctuated with enough personal anecdotes so that the book reads as part memoir, part instruction manual. Readers receive a window into the backrooms of some of the world’s most renowned news organizations. At Newsweek, they used to ask, "How would you feel about it if that appeared on Page Six?" cautioning "Imagine what your decisions would look like to others”—words to live by for anyone in this age of careless e-mails, Facebook entries and Twitter. Gilman breaks his chapters into small, digestible bites that keep the narrative moving and dishes up a smorgasbord of useful advice in a conversational style peppered with self-deprecating humor. Although the author's experience is in the media field, his tips can be applied to most industries.
Useful tool for managers at all levels, and solid insights for everyone else.