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Its Okay to Manage Your Boss: The Step-by-Step Program for Making the Best of Your Most Important Relationship at Work Hardcover – September 14, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470605308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470605301
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tulgan doesn't waste time tooting his own horn, telling stories, or cracking jokes. He just gives advice, and good advice it is. A business adviser and public speaker, Tulgan sees a pattern in the workplace: employees flail when they're undermanaged. There are any number of reasons for this, from bosses who don't want to micromanage or be perceived as difficult, to overworked managers that simply lack sufficient time. Whatever the reason, the result for the undermanaged employee is frustration, stagnation, or worse. Tulgan fills his book with strategies for ensuring that employees have the opportunity to do their job, performing tasks properly and on time. Chapters cover making expectations clear, accessing necessary resources, and tracking performance, among other topics, and advice is given on avoiding mistakes when trying to manage your boss and dealing with "jerk" bosses. Tulgan even offers advice to telecommuters for managing their bosses from home. Anyone lucky enough to work for the perfect boss may skip Tulgan's guide, but everybody else will want to take his suggestions to the office.
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"It's Okay to Manage Your Boss provides practical, relevant strategies you can use to create a successful partnership with your manager. A terrific follow-up to It's Okay to Be the Boss. Now both manager and employee have effective tools to get the most from their relationship!"
—Angela Hornsby, vice president human resources, Applebee's Services Inc.

"Once again Tulgan tackles the myths in today's undermanaged workplace with practical and straightforward guidance. I have been a boss for nearly thirty years and I have not seen a more realistic and practical way to improve workplace relationships and career results. If you are-or want to be a high performer- read this book!"
—Jon Morrison, president and general manager, Meritor WABCO Vehicle Control Systems

"Tulgan's latest book presents insightful information and practical tips to help anyone successfully deal with undermanagement-a problem many employees encounter in corporations and organizations. In an engaging, clear, warm, and direct manner, Bruce presents common sense advice and a set of tools and ideas that empower self-management as well as 'other' management! A must read for anybody interested in professional growth."
—Tiane Mitchell Gordon, senior vice president, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, AOL, LLC

"Tulgan has a remarkable ability to translate complicated concepts into easily understood and actionable steps. His common sense approach coupled with his enthusiasm and 'can do' attitude give confidence to all who follow his work."
—Victoria Nolan, managing director, Yale Repertory Theatre, and deputy dean, Yale School of Drama


More About the Author

Bruce Tulgan is internationally recognized as the leading expert on young people in the workplace and one of the leading experts on leadership and management. Bruce is a best-selling author, an adviser to business leaders all over the world, and a sought-after keynote speaker and management trainer.

Since 1995, Bruce has worked with tens of thousands of leaders and managers in hundreds of organizations ranging from Aetna to Wal-Mart; from the Army to the YMCA. He has been called "the new Tom Peters" by many who have seen him speak. In recent years, Bruce was named by Management Today as one of the few contemporary figures to stand out as a "management guru" and he was named to the 2009 Thinkers 50 rising star list (the Thinkers 50 is the definitive global ranking of the world's top 50 business thinkers). And on August 13, 2009, Bruce was honored to accept Toastmasters International's most prestigious honor, the Golden Gavel. This honor is annually presented to a single person who represents excellence in the fields of communication and leadership. Past winners have included Marcus Buckingham, Stephen Covey, Zig Ziglar, Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, Ken Blanchard, Tom Peters, Art Linkletter, Dr. Joyce Brothers, and Walter Cronkite.

Bruce's forthcoming book THE 27 CHALLENGES MANAGERS FACE: STEP-BY-STEP SOLUTIONS TO (NEARLY) ALL OF YOUR MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2014) will be published in September. He is also the author of the best-seller IT'S OKAY TO BE THE BOSS (HarperCollins, 2007) and the classic MANAGING GENERATION X (W.W. Norton, 2000; first published in 1995). Bruce's other books include WINNING THE TALENT WARS (W.W. Norton, 2001), which received widespread acclaim from Fortune 500 CEOs and business journalists; the best-seller FAST FEEDBACK (HRD Press, 1998); NOT EVERYONE GETS A TROPHY: HOW TO MANAGE GENERATION Y (Jossey-Bass, 2009); MANAGING THE GENERATION MIX (HRD Press, 2006); and IT'S OKAY TO MANAGE YOUR BOSS (Jossey-Bass, 2010). Many of Bruce's works have been published around the world in foreign editions.

Bruce's writing appears regularly in human resources, staffing and management journals, including a regular column in TRAINING magazine called 'Sticky Notes' and a regular column in the Huffington Post. His writing has also appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers such as the Harvard Business Review, BusinessWeek, HR Magazine, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. As well, his work has been the subject of thousands of news stories around the world.

Before founding RainmakerThinking in 1993, Bruce practiced law at the Wall Street firm of Carter, Ledyard & Milburn. He graduated with high honors from Amherst College, received his law degree from the New York University School of Law, and is still a member of the Bar in Massachusetts and New York. Bruce continues his lifelong study of Okinawan Uechi Ryu Karate Do and holds a fifth degree black belt. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut with his wife Debby Applegate, Ph.D., who won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for her book THE MOST FAMOUS MAN IN AMERICA: THE BIOGRAPHY OF HENRY WARD BEECHER (Doubleday, 2006).


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This book is packed with useful advice that can be put into practice immediately.
Steve
As an experienced manager of people, reading this book, I kept thinking, `I want anyone who works FOR me to read this book.
Kristin Campbell
The strategies he suggests are clear and to the point, and the illustrations are wonderfully readable.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rico Suave on September 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Bruce has done it again. If you're like me, someone wanting to improve upon your leadership skills, yet you work for a boss that shows little to no interest in your professional career, this book is definitely the book for you. It separates myths from reality with Bruce's upfront step by step of setting the foundation for your forthright management relationship. He is candid and upfront that managing is not simple nor easy and that improving upon any relationship won't happen overnight. However, he gives you step by step actions to put into place for assisting you and your manager in tracking your performance, rewards and focus on exactly what is expected of you. He also helps you to realize that candid feedback is beneficial to your professional career development.

This is a brilliant supporting read to "It's Okay to be the Boss".
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark Kurber on September 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Managing up does not come naturally. Tulgan's new book promises and delivers in its hands-on "step-by-step" approach. Like most successful business people, I've attended dozens of seminars and read hundreds of business related books. So often we are left with that nagging feeling of uncertainty as to "what do I do next?" In this dynamic and insecure economic environment, it's refreshing to have a step-by-step process to maintaining clear-cut goals and expectations, maximizing resources (yours and your managers), receiving appropriate feedback and garnering the rewards for your successes in a business environment that's wringing more and more out of each of us (from the top down). Working more effectively with managers requires taking a modicum of control and Tulgan provides techniques for symbiotically and systematically achieving a high level of performance through this relationship.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. L. Sweeney on September 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is the book I have been waiting for! Every single public school teacher needs this book. When you work in an environment in which quite a few people are promoted to management to get them away from your primary clientele, you need a book to tell you how to be successful in spite of lousy management. Tulgan's advice and strategies can save your sanity and possibly your career.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By David Q Little on January 2, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I've made it through a quarter of the book and I'm severely disappointed. Some of the wisdom:

-Show up on time
-Don't make fun of people
-Get your work done

This may have been written for a different audience. I'll attempt to pick it up again and see if I can find anything useful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles Swaim on January 12, 2014
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The book has some good ideas, like not raising your voice when confronting a bad boss. But the author's not based in reality about hostile work environments. He needs to do better research on addressing workplace bullying and unwarranted manipulative behaviors that bosses do. He naively states that HR at work can be of help to solve abusive workplace environments.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By fyfe on January 1, 2013
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I was really looking for something more intellectual. For me this was all common sense and I do not have a whole lot to take from the book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Schweiter on November 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Most workers would concede that it's not only supervisors who need management expertise, but few would be able to articulate the skills, steps, and--most important--attitudes it takes to manage their own bosses. Bruce Tulgan has concluded that the nationwide "undermanagement epidemic" goes both ways, and that it is incumbent on rank-and-file workers to learn to help their supervisors help them.

From the manifesto of its title to its snappy practical suggestions ("Feed this big ego a big snack"), It's Okay to Manage Your Boss is empowering, reassuring, and on point: Every employee needs and deserves to have priorities and expectations spelled out, and, in the absence of the mythical perfect boss, every employee will sometimes--or very often--have to take the initiative to ensure that they are. Similarly, every employee may sometimes have to help her boss track her progress and reward her accordingly. This is not a bad thing, Tulgan explains; this is the way to become the best employee one can (and, coincidentally, to prepare for greater workplace responsibility).

Through all this modern empowering language shines the rock-solid common sense of our grandparents' generation: Know what you're doing, apply yourself, pay attention to the details, and be polite. In other words, respect the work, yourself, and the people who do it with you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Nash-Wolfe on November 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I found Bruce Tulgan's latest book to be extremely helpful in minimizing my frustrations at work. The way he describes the problems of undermanagement rang true for me as a highly motivated employee with little direction from my super busy boss. This book provides a clear plan to achieve my own professional goals and manage the relationship with my boss more easily. I especially found his understanding of workplace dynamics helpful with regard to some of the more common pitfalls that people like me can waste time wallowing in. Overall, a great read for anyone that wants to create a better work environment for themselves.
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