Professional Development Pulse Blog When I became a new supervisor in 2008, I realized right away that I was woefully under-prepared. My agency offered no training at all! I was a newly minted public librarian so I dug into our collection and started reading. I spent the next decade reading every kind of management book, psychology book, and motivational book I could find.Here are my reading recommendations for your path to being a better boss:Read the Ask A Manager blog every day. If you do nothing else, do yourself a favor and make this regular reading. I’ve been a loyal reader for at least a decade and her advice is consistently the best out there. You can use it as a manager and an employee. The letters she posts are interesting and relevant and often entertaining. The comment section is a great community resource as well.Thanks for the Feedback by Douglas Stone and Sheila HeenThe most critical skill a manager needs is the willingness and ability to have an uncomfortable conversation. Avoiding a hard topic because YOU are uncomfortable is just not an option for an ethical manager. This book is the best place to learn exactly how to do it.  Buy a copy for every manager you know.   Nine Lies About Work by Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall