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It?s 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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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

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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: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I was really hoping for more from this book. I was just introduced to the concept of managing your boss, so I was interested to learn. Tulgan's book is extremely surface-level. The first 50 pages just say things like "get to work on time" and "do all your work." Then he talks about managing your boss, and its more of the same. Most everything in this book is obvious. The whole book is just a drawn out way of saying "talk to your boss as much as you can." There were literally only 2 out of 180 pages where he said something of value. Unless you just want a random book to read, I would not recommend this book.
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