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Managing Up: How to Move up, Win at Work, and Succeed with Any Type of Boss Hardcover – April 10, 2018

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Managing Up outlines a proven strategy for managing those who manage us! In this book, leadership development expert, Mary Abbajay, drew on her years of experience helping companies and individuals to transform their organizations into positive and productive workplaces. Managing Up is filled with effective approaches for managing your manager based on personality and behavioral preferences. Without resorting to brown nosing or sucking up, you will develop the positive skills that can empower you to forge strong relationships, increase cooperation, collaboration, and understanding between those who have different power levels and perspectives.

Managing Up holds a unique place among the thousands of books on effective leadership and management. As the author explains, the number one reason people leave their jobs is because of their boss. Most leadership literature centers on how to lead downward. This book explores a more important skill, how to manage up and become a successful follower.

Inside these pages, you will discover the key to navigating and targeting personality and behavioral traits. Rather than wishing for the "perfect" boss, you will understand how to adapt to your current boss's style. Once you change your behavior toward your boss, you will be on the road to thriving and surviving in your career.

The author includes a wealth of real-world examples that clearly demonstrate how you can better understand your personality and how your personality can adapt to your boss's traits in order to move forward.

Imagine being able to effectively manage up! It's a proven approach that is good for you, good for your boss, and good for your organization.

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"If you've ever left a job because of an unbearable boss, you're not alone. But quitting isn't your only recourse. If you follow the wise counsel of Mary Abbajay, you can learn how to 'manage your manager.' Managing Up is full of savvy advice for improving your relationship with your boss and getting the most out of your job."
―Daniel H. Pink, author of DRIVE and WHEN

"What makes Abbajay's book stand out is its direct no-nonsense approach to managing up. It's a virtual how-to book for working with any boss packed with specific ways to deal with different higher ups. A triumph of a book."
―Alex Orfinger, Executive Vice President, American City Business Journals

"Managing Up is NOT a soft, passive approach to managing your career. It is a strong, proactive guide to understanding your boss and taking control of your own career path."
―Michael Klein, Past Executive Vice President, MTV and Condé Nast Entertainment

"Abbajay offers fantastic tips and insight for all career stages ― every last word is a gem of career advice that will empower your approach to managing your career and your boss. A must read!"
―Diana Echevarria, Director, Newman's Own Foundation Fellowship Program

"Managing Up is a critical skill for career success and Mary Abbajay has written the definitive guide. Managing Up is full of practical advice and tips that will help you (and your boss!) succeed."
―Steve Ressler, Founder, GovLoop.com

Abbajay, president and founder of Careerstone Group, a consulting firm specializing in corporate training and leadership development, here focuses on the art of managing your boss. The author contends that learning to manage your boss is the single most important thing you can do to take charge of your workplace life and the most significant soft skill you can learn to manage your career. ... VERDICT An insightful guide for decoding your boss with practical and proven strategies to maintain the relationship effectively.
―Jane Scott, Clark Lib., Univ. of Portland, OR Library Journal


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  • Item Weight : 14 ounces
  • Hardcover : 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1119436680
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1119436683
  • Product Dimensions : 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Publisher : Wiley; 1st Edition (April 10, 2018)
  • Language: : English
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