I am a tech lead, who had recently transitioned to becoming a people manager. It was something I wanted to try out, though I wasnt quite sure what it meant.
After 6 months at it, I am still not quite sure what it means. Oddly enough, despite the efforts from my bosses are having a hard time precisely quantifying what this job entails. I had two questions:
1) Can you suggest a good book for a novice like me to read and learn from?
2) When I think of a skill (my background is in mathematics), I think of mastering the minutia of it through "drills" (exercises/assignments/what not) in an offline setting before getting to the real online task (solving some real world problem). Simply put, my view is that the better I am at the drills, the better I get at real world problems. What are the equivalent offline "drills" in management, and could you suggest where/how I could practice it in an offline setting? Textbooks/best practices/ anything would help