Management & leadership, Personal development

It's Murder in Management

There will be days when you feel like murdering your bosses, your team or your colleagues!

Its murder in management book cover

Do not despair – if you have recently become a manager, or are in need of a skill refresh, this book will guide you to being more effective and confident in your role.

Through a combination of leadership theory, models with personal anecdotes as well as real-life situations, Debra Allcock Tyler illustrates how management can be both fun and fulfilling. With this book you can benefit from practical, no-nonsense advice from an experienced manager and respected leader in the voluntary sector.

With Debra’s trademark directness and humour, It’s Murder in Management gives you the skills to ease your role transition and to help make your managerial role a rewarding experience.

Who should buy this book?

Anyone who has recently moved into a management role for the first time, or is about to. CEOs and senior managers who need a reminder of what it is like for their junior managers.

What does it cover?

  • Your role as leader
  • Developing the talent and building the team
  • Time management
  • Understanding the money
  • Working with and learning from others

‘In this book Debra’s wise insights are made available to all – you can hear her voice in every sentence and, best of all, she gives really good advice without ever shirking the difficult realities of being a manager. There is so much in here that you can apply to your daily practice with real benefit.’

Jane Ide, Chief Executive, ACEVO


‘Debra focuses on the nuts and bolts of becoming a manager in her usual no-nonsense way. She gets right to the heart of what you need to know, how you need to behave and what will help you nurture your team. There is no hand-wringing or tortured self-examination here but rock-solid positive advice with a sprinkling of humour.’

Catherine Johnstone CBE CEO, Royal Voluntary Service [from the foreword]


‘Reading this I became aware of the gentle sound of pennies dropping – and this after over 30 years in the leadership and management of people! Honest and candid, this book reassures leaders of all levels that is OK to fail; in fact it is probably compulsory!  A great ready reference: one to dip in and out of to dispel those niggling doubts.’

Alex Lochrane, CEO, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance


‘I really wish I’d had a copy of this book when I started out! It packs years of experience into a wise, entertaining and insightful guide. None of us are perfect and so Debra helps new managers navigate their new terrain with a surer footing.’

Jacqui Penalver, Transformation Director, Papworth Trust

Look inside

Have a look inside It’s Murder in Management.

About the author

Debra Allcock Tyler

Debra Allcock Tyler is CEO of the Directory of Social Change and has worked in management and consultancy for over 32 years. Author of several books on management and leadership, she has many years’ experience of training and coaching boards, chief executives and top teams. She is a popular public speaker and has appeared on Radio 4’s The Moral Maze. She has a regular monthly column in Third Sector magazine.

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