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45 Things You Do That Drive Your Boss Crazy--And How to Avoid Them Paperback – February 6, 2007


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Bruzzese's book might seem superfluous to employees who think they are exemplary. But, in workplaces, my observation is that few employees ever reach the exemplary stage. There is always room to improve relationships with co-workers, underlings and bosses. Bruzzese's guide is a smart place to begin. -- Kansas City Star

Odds are that you've learned by now that such things as "treating the workplace like it's the love shack," "earning a reputation as whiner, drama queen or general pain in the neck," or "giving lackluster speeches or presentations"--three of Bruzzese's lessons--are going to keep you from being promoted. Still, it's fun to read about employees who committed those sins and still expected huge raises and promotions. -- CFO.com

Peter Drucker once told me that half the leaders he met did not need to learn what to do -- they needed to learn what to stop doing. This is a wonderful "what to stop doing" guide. Practical, useful, and fun, it provides great coaching for employees at all levels. -- Marshall Goldsmith, author of What Got You Here Won't Get You There

To be super successful, read "45 Things You Do That Drive Your Boss Crazy." You will understand how to do the things that will drive your boss to promote you, give you a raise, have your future earning power expanded, and have a better life and future for yourself and your company by creating massive value for everyone. -- Mark Victor Hansen, cocreator of #1 New York Times bestselling series of Chicken Soup for the Soul

You'll also chuckle at the list of don'ts as you'll probably think about the real life examples from your workplace. However, you'll probably blanch when you realise that you've done some "bad" things as well. But never fear - Bruzzese always gives you numerous tips on how to get over your snafu and emerge with a better image. -- The Malaysia Star

About the Author

Anita Bruzzese has written the "On the Job" column for the Gannett News Service since 1992. It is read by an estimated eight million readers in print and millions more online.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade (February 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399533176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399533174
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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And once you have read it, distribute copies to your colleagues.
Bill Lampton, Ph.D.
This book is ideal for any employee who wants to know what mistakes to avoid in order to stay in the boss's good graces and to get ahead at work.
Rolf Dobelli
I definitely recommend this to anyone that is just starting their career (yes, even the Gen Y folks :p).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bill Lampton, Ph.D. on February 6, 2007
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In Anita Bruzzese's syndicated column "On the Job," and in her numerous magazine articles, readers have become accustomed to her invigorating writing style, with these prominent characteristics:

--Clear, simple yet colorful language

--True relevant incidents that illustrate her points

--Tasteful wit, not overcooked

--Practical steps for solving every problem she identifies

Without fail, Bruzzese scratches readers where they itch. In fact, hers is not armchair counsel. "I work for a living," she explains in this book's Introduction, "and have since I was fifteen." Beyond her own experience, she draws on the hundreds of letters she receives from readers, and "hundreds of interviews I have done with company managers and career experts." Her conclusion: "Something is seriously wrong here, folks."

In 45 Things You Do, Bruzzese spotlights what's wrong--what we do, or don't do, on the job and even off duty that jeopardizes our standing with the boss, and frequently annoys our work associates as well. Office romance, enjoying the office holiday season party too much, inappopriate clothing, gossiping, crying at work--nothing offensive escapes her sleuthing eye. In every case, fortunately, she tells us how to eliminate toxic behavior from our professional life.

I wish this very helpful book had been available when I started my twenty-three year management career. I would have benefited two ways.

First, I would have avoided stupid blunders of my own that angered my bosses and threatened my career. The unfortunate part was that I didn't consider my behavior risky, much less out of bounds. Yet with each careless act, my bosses must have moved me into the "do not promote" category.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GeoUtah on September 26, 2010
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This is a great book. Written by a journalist with useful experience including a garbled recording of Richard Nixon.
The book is entertaining and useful. I checked it out from the library, renewed it several times, paid fines and finally just bought it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Clark on April 12, 2008
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Pretty basic stuff, but nevertheless, it's a good read, perfect for the recent graduate or others who are new to the work force.
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The coal mine canary was a low-tech but effective early warning device that miners used to detect dangerous poison gases in the mineshafts. Anita Bruzzese performs a similar warning function for the modern workplace. Since 1992, she has written about its various ills, as well as reporting on general workplace topics in her popular, insightful weekly column "On the Job." To develop her book, Bruzzese culled through hundreds of letters she received from workers asking for advice about problems they encounter at work (many of which they create themselves). Bruzzese is a leading authority on all things office-related. getAbstract suggests that she can teach you a lot about what constitutes acceptable - and not so acceptable - workplace behavior. This book is ideal for any employee who wants to know what mistakes to avoid in order to stay in the boss's good graces and to get ahead at work.
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By david on December 11, 2012
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As with most managent type books there are some usefull things in here. The humor comes from the fact that you will realize that you do most of the things mentioned in the book. You may wish to keep this one for some of the funny Anecdotes.
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