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The Boss Hardcover – April 30, 2009
About the Author
While writing The Boss, Andrew talked to many people, all of whom had their own boss story to tell. Some of those stories provided content for this book. There was plenty of material.
Andrew grew up in Broken Hill, Australia, studied economics and labor relations at the University of Sydney, and now lives in Sydney and consults in the human dimension of organisations.
In October 2008 Andrew joined the famous chimpanzee researcher Dr. Jane Goodall to present to business audiences in Australia and New Zealand on the leadership lessons of our instinctive hardwiring. Dr. Goodall spoke about the leadership lessons from her studies of chimpanzees, and Andrew spoke on the leadership lessons of our human hardwiring.
Top Customer Reviews
I met Andrew O'Keeffe a few years ago at a workshop he ran exploring the idea that much of human behaviour is instinctive, the result of our evolution. The book is primarily a vehicle for the author to demonstrate how this hard-wired behaviour manifests itself in organisations in both positive and negative ways. However, you don't need to be familiar with the theory to enjoy it. It works well as a story, and anyone who works in an organisational environment will recognise the politics, the posturing and the Machiavellian mayhem that goes on within the company that Lauren works for. We also follow Lauren's family life and the effect that her experiences at work have on her relationships with her husband and children - a timely reminder that work impacts on every aspect of our lives.
The Boss is easy to read, entertaining and engrossing. It's not great literature and it's not particularly subtle, but it achieves its goals very effectively. There are goodies and baddies, tragedy and triumph, and there's humour amid the horror. If you manage people or aspire to a corporate leadership role, you should read it.
I've recommended it for my university masters students studying organizational politics. It demonstrates very realistically what actually goes on in most organizations. It is a book any office or professional worker will identify with, and is a salutory tale for anyone new to the workforce. Strongly recommended.
It just covers all the bases of dealing with employees and bosses. I'm recommending it to my daughter and also to friend. If you supervise someone or work for someone, you should read this book.
"The Boss" was the most realistic fiction novel! At time I had to remind myself it was fiction and not part of my own history with bosses I have had or dealt with. O'Keeffe does a wonderful job of exposing the horrible structures of corporate executives along with sharing compliments for the ones who are truly making a difference. The novel easily points out how destructive we can be to each other in the workplace if we are not careful. The main focus of the novel is on the bosses, managers, and those in leadership roles, however it also examines co-workers and the worker as an individual. It is full of humor, insight, education, drama, self-preservation, courage and triumph. It is a must read for anyone who has ever had a bad boss or co-worker.
I found myself engrossed in this novel. Specific moments or chapters hit home hard, as I felt for Lauren because I have been there also.Read more ›
Told through the eyes of Lauren Johnson, the talented but perennial adherent to her bosses whims, it will keep you interested and involved to the final chapter. Early in the book we find Lauren finally deciding to move from her current job to get away from "Deadly Di", the boss from hell, only to end up in a worse situation. In her new organisation, not only is her new boss somewhat inept, but many of the other senior managers have many failings, quirks and even personality disorders which I am sure many readers will recognise in bosses they have known.
When will Lauren wake up and do something about her situation? This is a clever concept O'Keeffe has used. By keeping us in tune with Lauren, but also keeping us frustrated that she is not taking it upon herself to get out from under, it enables O'Keeffe to achieve two aims. Firstly it is an excellent way of getting the reader to think of ways that he or she might act in Lauren's situation, thus ensuring we learn about ourselves. Secondly, it enables the author to introduce all the various difficult boss types that need to be managed.
It might sound as if this book has quite a negative flavour. This is not so.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book tells a tale of a woman at work who experiences a procession of poor managers. The woman is ill-equiped to deal with her predicament and suffers, along with the reader,... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Geoffrey Wake
I read a review for this book in the paper and decided to order it. It was a quick easy read that I could relate to after 30+ years on working in several companies. Read morePublished on October 25, 2009 by PPergol
The scenario's that unfold in THE BOSS are realistic and relevant to today's work environment. Lauren's story illustrates how different manager's actions, impacts not just her... Read morePublished on May 13, 2009 by Jacqueline Hume
The Boss, wow, what a story. Staying up to 1am one night, then 2am the next because I couldn't put the book down says it all. Read morePublished on May 6, 2009 by Cathy Wilks