Welcome to the home of ‘Help! I’m a manager’

Your guide to success as a first time people manager in professional services.

Rated 5* by ‘Edge’ The Magazine of the Institute of Leadership & Management

“This is a great book – humorous, bitesize and just in time learning.”Caroline Burn, Head of Learning & Development, Arcadis UK
Help! I’m a Manager is one of the best manager guides I’ve read and I’ve read a fair few! It offers a concise tour of all that is required to get ahead as a new manager and will also help teach more experienced managers some new tricks. The layout is easy to follow and there are little gems that jump out at you from each of the sections. All in all a must buy for both existing managers and those with aspirations of working up to that level. 5 stars.Amazon Review Feb 2017
“A little gem of a book for anyone looking to get ahead in professional services, packed full of valuable and practical tips.”Dean Shepherd, Practice manager of niche accountancy firm, Tax By Design

In this short video, the author, Sue Willcock, talks about the book and her motivation for writing it. Sue also explains how it could help you, as a first time people manager, transition into a management role in professional services.

Finding myself as a fairly new manager, this book has been my sidekick from problem solving, to tackling difficult situations etc. The handy ‘coffee break highlights’ are particularly helpful and are really easy to refer back to. 5 stars.Amazon Review Jan 2017

About the book

Help! I'm a Manager Book Cover - For The First Time People Manager

Are you a new manager in professional services? Have you spent years training to be an expert in your field only to find that you are now way outside your comfort zone as you walk into a management role? Have you been given the trust by your line manager to lead and support others but actually don’t know where to start?

Welcome to the home of the book ‘Help, I’m a manager’. This book is dedicated to helping you succeed as a first time people manager in professional services. It will help you to connect with people as their manager and to develop them. It will help you to motivate your team to perform.

Focused on the needs of the first time people manager


Practical guidance

No theoretical discussions, analysis of models, just the practical advice you need as you step into a role with people management responsibilities.


Time-saving tips

Packed with lessons that the author has learned during her extensive experience as manager, leader and consultant, this book can help you avoid some of the mistakes that others have made.


Quick reference

Designed to be your ‘friend in your back pocket’, each chapter has a summary of key points for easy reference as you begin your journey as a first time people manager.

About the author

Sue Willcock has worked in professional services for over 25 years, originally qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor before moving into business management roles, including a period as a Partner at a Top 5 Construction Consultancy.

For the last 10 years, Sue has worked as a people development consultant focusing on professional services, working with individuals, teams and organisations.


Sue Willcock

MBA Construction & Real Estate, Dip Proj Man (RICS) Assoc CIPD, NLP Certified Practitioner

How to buy

If you’d like to buy a copy of the book, or if there’s someone you know who has recently become a first time people manager, you can order the paperback or kindle edition by clicking on these links.

Need multiple copies?

If you’re considering ordering a number of books for your business then you can do this on Amazon but we would recommend getting in touch directly.

  • publishing@chaseville.co.uk

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