You’re being promoted! It’s everything you’ve wanted and you’re finally in management. You’ve proven yourself worthy with your remarkable technical skills and now you will be responsible for a team. The trouble is technical skills are very different from managing people.

This book details Ross’s own practical experiences, successes and learning in moving from being a subject matter expert to managing numerous global teams. In this book, you’ll learn practical methods to assist in Communication and Listening, Time Management, Delegation, Performance Management, and Conflict – the building blocks of effective leadership.

THIS IS NOT WHAT I SIGNED UP FOR is a survival guide for the new manager, detailing all the things they didn’t tell you when you were promoted into the role!

When I started my management career, I was told that everyone would be there for me. They were…but not in the way I had hoped. I expected, probably naively, that I would have a lot more handholding than I did. They sure were right – it wasn’t easy – but I got through it and so will you.


“Ross has written a book that will be a super helpful aid to any manager – it touches each key area of a manager’s work and psychology. A must read.”

Avi Eyal, Managing Partner Entrée Capital. Board member at


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ROSS G. SAUNDERS started his management career by being promoted from technical specialist to manager of a global team. This was not an easy transition at first but it blossomed into an exciting management career spanning over a decade in corporate and enterprise software environments.

Ross has managed development teams, technical teams, call centres and entire software divisions both in South Africa and abroad. Ross has since left the corporate world and is now a respected public speaker, consultant and workshop facilitator, running programmes on Management Development, Data Protection and IT Technical Recruitment. His passion is helping people through translating highly technical subjects into easy to understand concepts.

Ross holds a Master’s Degree in the Management of Technology and Innovation, and is the current National President of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa. Ross is also a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers.



The one-day workshop is delivered to up to 16 team members and covers Communication and Listening, Time Management, Delegation, Performance Management, and Conflict, including interactive elements and practical exercises. Individual training and coaching is also available.

Keynote addresses, either 20 or 45 minutes long, cover the top lessons learned in Ross’s career to help fast-track your management workforce to effective leadership.