Tamara Murray

Biography

Tamara Murray learned she had a knack for management and leadership when people kept asking her to do it, despite her lack of formal management training. At 16, as the youngest employee, she was promoted to assistant manager at a retail store. At 20, she managed cadres of parent and student volunteers at two nonprofits. At 22, she had a steady stream of interns under her purview. And at 26, a PR firm put her on its senior team, responsible for managing multiple account teams and clients. In every role, she managed people the same age or older, often with more experience and credentials.

She found her footing through a combination of trial and error, reading a lot of Fast Company, and having the occasional breakdown in a colleague's office. Eventually, people started using phrases like "one-of-a-kind leader," "brings out the best in everyone," and "trusted to deliver results," to describe her management style. She's a firm believer that you don't need an MBA (and massive student loans) to be an awesome manager.

Originally from San Francisco, she set off to travel Latin America in October 2013 with her husband, Chris, and their dog, Holly, to gain perspective, research their next projects, and learn to make killer refried beans. Follow her travels and projects at HelloImTamara.com or on Twitter: @tamaramurray.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
My husband and I (and our dog) are currently traveling Latin America trying to reimagine our life and work. Work in Latin America is very entrepreneurial, and what better way to get started than to self-publish?
What's the story behind your latest book?
During our travels, I found myself asking: what do I have to contribute to this world? Supervisory skills were the first thing that came to mind. I chose it as my topic because I genuinely believe three things: 1) Being a manager is hard, and most people become managers not realizing how different it is from their previous role. 2) No matter what your job is, one of the biggest things that impacts whether you enjoy it is whether you have an awesome or awful manager. 3) My mentors taught me some pretty remarkable things, and it would be a crime not to share that with others.
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Where to find Tamara Murray online


Books

Awesome Supervisory Skills: Seven Lessons for Young, First-Time Managers
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,080. Language: American English. Published: April 18, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Business Management, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management
Be a better manager NOW. Who has time for 350 pages of (boring) theory? Learn to be awesome for the price of a coffee and the time it takes to drink it. In this upbeat, concise, and practical guide, you'll gain supervisory skills that wow in any workplace. "Simple, straightforward pointers on how to deal with many challenges that I have already encountered as a newbie manager." - Reader review

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