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It's Okay to Be the Boss: The Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming the Manager Your Employees Need Hardcover – March 13, 2007
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“If you want to be successful, I strongly recommend you do it the ‘Tulgan way.’” (General Dennis J. Reimer (Ret.), Chief of Staff, United States Army (1995-1999))
“Bruce Tulgan makes it safe again to be a hands-on manager.” (Mike Archer, President of Applebee's Services, Inc.)
“Hands-on management advice . . . excellent.” (Booklist)
“Small business owners . . . will find [Tulgan’s] advice valuable.” (BusinessWeek SmallBiz)
Top Customer Reviews
One of the biggest areas of frustration for managers is exactly that, managing other people! This book teaches you how to be proactive about managing, and how you can head off most "people headaches" long before they blow up in your face. Most managers get promoted into positions because they were good employees - but often do not have any management experience at all. I support this book and OFTEN recommend it because it helps managers to understand the importance of basic respect and involvement in their employee's day-to-day worklife. Management does not need to be difficult, and this book shows you both why and how.
It starts early with Tulgan's criticism of the work from Blanchard, Buckingham, and even a backhand compliment of Adler's hiring formula. What's particularly misleading, no matter how much Tulgan might deny it, is that it is obvious he has never read the works he criticizing. Blanchard has been making it very clear for decades that the "One Minute Manager" takes more than a minute; Buckingham makes it even clearer that the steps in "First, Break All the Rules" are not just empowerment and require the very detailed regular attention to the very detail that Tulgan calls for. Buckingham's most recent works on a "strengths-based" approach is backed by solid research - not just anecdotal evidence Tulgan cites. He even misinterprets the classic Theory X - Theory Y, not knowing that McGregor clearly stated that a Theory Y Manager recognized the existence of Theory X assumptions about some employees (in 1960 estimated at 35% of the workforce).Read more ›
He breaks it down how to manage people without micromanaging and how to correct negative behavior without demeaning the staff member. Bruce is about leadership and leading by example. He is also about clearly being in charge. The balance is hard to maintain but he makes it work
The book has several strengths:
1. Instinctual, but not impulsive. Tulgan's message resonates in an intuitive way - "Yes! It is okay for me to be the boss!" and "Indeed, it will be hard work, but it will be worthwhile." His message cuts through the daily noise and excuses to plainly remind managers of their primary, even sacred duty: get people to work at their best (very hard, very fast) all day long. Yet his book does not "rush in" - he is pragmatic and reasonable. Tulgan does not hype absurd or pointless tricks. He is not about cutting corners.
2. Immediately actionable. Do not be surprised if you feel the urge to implement these techniques as soon as possible - in fact, it is likely that you'll be tempted to put the book down half-way through and announce "Great news, I'm the boss! And I'm going to do my best to be a great one!" His strategies are simple and straightforward. You can begin managing with these techniques immediately (like holding your first 15 minute standing meeting) - there is no need to meditate heavily or layout a long-range vision.
3. Realistic. Tulgan does not pad the landing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There is only one reason I give this book 5 stars. Because that's all there are. I have read lots of books on managing employees including the 8 of the 10 on the Inc. top 10 list. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dell D
Great author! It helped me come out of my shell and understand management and managing everyone on my team efficiently!Published 3 months ago by Audrey
I presented the entire program including DVD to over 600 people. Bruce Tulgan delivers a Great message on how to be the Boss your employees need. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer