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Fire Your Boss Paperback – Bargain Price, May 3, 2005
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About the Author
Stephen M Pollan is a New York City-based attorney, financial advisor, and life coach.
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What is the working man or woman to do? READ THIS BOOK! The bookshelves are chock full of career and self-help guides , but this one is different. It is eye-opening and doesn't echo the same "work smarter, organize better, network more efficiently" platitudes that so many of those other books proclaim. Instead, it contains step-by-step instructions on how to best deal with the new employment reality by improving one's own situation.
Experienced author Stephen Pollan is a career consultant with many years of experience advising those who want to "get ahead." He ably chronicles the changes that have rapidly occurred in the American economy and their effect on the mindset of American employers. Then, with gusto, he delves into his step-by-step instructions for taking control of one's worklife. His recommendations are somewhat counterintuitive but ring with truth. Pollan strips the reader's conceptions of career success to the bones and then builds a new, healthier framework. The end result will be a happier, more successful worker.
I cannot recommend this book strongly enough. It is well-written with a straight-forward conversational style. Few words are wasted and neither is the reader's time. To illustrate his points, Pollan incorporates plentiful examples of how his strategy has helped clients to achieve personal success in today's rugged world of work. This book will change the way the working man and woman approach their careers.
You'll like Fire Your Boss if you buy into the authors' value system Pollan and Levine don't mince words. Work, they say, is about money. Given a choice of two job offers, choose whichever gives you the most money, time or both. Don't expect satisfaction and fulfillment from work.
For many people, this advice will make sense. However, some people work in truly toxic environments and they'll become ill -- mentally and/or physically -- if they stay. Some companies (such as SAS in North Carolina) offer quality of life that makes sense for many employees. And some people manage to have truly wonderful jobs.
Once on the job, say the authors, success comes from pleasing your boss. Never mind the company: it's all about keeping your boss on your side because she's the only person who can help you. In general, this advice is excellent; however, company culture can influence your boss's power, your ability to transfer within the firm and/or your ability to avoid being fired.
I stay away from absolutes -- so "Nobody hires a stranger" should be translated, "People like to hire their friends." The best section of the book covers networking: these days, you make friends, not contacts. So your long-term strategy will involve joining groups and socializing with people who can help you.
And, as with all career books, you have to do some reality checks. When you get a competing offer from an outside firm, say the authors, pay attention to a counter-offer from your own firm. However, some experts say that sixty to eighty percent of employees who accept those counteroffers are gone in six months.Read more ›
The "Fire Your Boss" philosophy is based on the assumption that employees are disposable. In the era of downsizing and outsourcing, the scenario of a lifetime job with a single company is history. Therefore, becoming attached to one position, firm, or career path is futile. With this in mind, the authors suggest that we "fire our boss" and give up a set career plan. Once we do that, then we are free of occupational anxiety. We can remain in our job if it provides the salary and benefits we desire, or leave it for one that does. Indeed, they exhort that we must always be "fishing" for a better job elsewhere. To that end, "Fire Your Boss" pushes us to continually network outside of the job, because in the authors' words, "no one hires a stranger." We should also be fine-tuning our own personal work plan, which is based on what we can offer to a boss. Meeting the boss' needs is key to workplace success, the authors argue. If you make the boss happy and ensure he or she looks good, then your position is almost bulletproof.
On the one hand, "Fire Your Boss" crystallized my approach to work. Most of the time I like my job as a IT technician. Computers appeal to the cognitive side of my nature, but I wouldn't consider them my passion.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gives a truly different perspective. I did not take all of this guy's advice, since I prefer being employed, but the book gave me a view of my work environment from which I cannot... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cy Tuma
Despite what the title says, the book is really just about being proactive and rethinking your work ethic and strategy. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Louise Gosoya
This book is a must for all levels of job hunters or people with jobs. It has many solid and good recommendations for how to view jobs or potential jobs and how you should... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
Different kind of book. Not your typical job search advice. What I like about it is that it's advice that rocks the boat. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this on impulse because it was a Kindle deal, and I must say that I enjoyed reading it. The basic theme is that the 21st century working world requires many of us to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michael the SurfDude
Surprisingly more practical now than when it was written more than 10 years ago. The title makes it sounds like a book about entrepreneurship, but it also has helpful suggestions... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Matt Bailey
This book is so good that I plan on buying more of it to give to friends and family members.Published 13 months ago by I.B.A.
A lot of people have been brought up to believe that if they do their job well, they'll always have the job. Read morePublished 19 months ago by William
The theme of this book is about taking control of your work life. The approach to this is outlined throughout the book in part one. Read morePublished 20 months ago by W. Matthews