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Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know Hardcover – June 5, 2012
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---Bob Schieffer, CBS News
"Geisler, head of the Poynter Institute's leadership and management faculty and voice of the popular podcast What Great Bosses Know, has distilled years of management experience and study into this practical step-by-step guide to improving leadership skills. Covering topics including types of power, how to give and receive constructive feedback, coaching versus fixing, self-awareness and self-management, Geisler provides useful quizzes and assessments to help the reader translate the concepts into personal learning. This positive, useful work is sure to be a go-to manual for those new to management."
"Want to be a Great Boss? Then read WORK HAPPY, which explains with detailed work plans and assessment tools how to create a great work environment that gets results. Get one book for yourself---and another for your boss too. You'll both be happier for it!"
---Charlene Li, author, Open Leadership, and co-author, Groundswell
"Jill Geisler's writing mirrors her compelling workshops. WORK HAPPY is a smart and substantive book that offers meaningful, practical advice to leaders at all levels in any organization."
---Robert M. Steele, Ph.D., director, Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics, DePauw University
"WORK HAPPY is an accessible, useful encyclopedia of managerial guidance artfully drawn from Jill Geisler's years as a master boss, learner, teacher, and coach. I just wish she had written it forty years ago....would have saved me lots of angst."
---Marty Linsky, Cambridge Leadership Associates, and faculty, Harvard Kennedy School
"Simply put, this book is a gift. A gift to any young manager in a new stretch assignment. A gift to any senior executive seeking to inspire a workforce. A gift to anyone driven to learn how to become a better leader. Jill Geisler's intelligence and warmth, captured within these pages, offers the reader an indispensable blend of best practices and comforting thoughts. She has created a safe place to think about becoming a better boss---which makes her something of a gift, too."
---Robert King, senior vice president, ESPN
"Want to love your job and reap the rewards of a productive staff? The secrets to achieve that are found in the pages of WORK HAPPY, as Jill Geisler challenges everything you know to manage yourself in order to lead others to success."
---Susana Schuler, vice president of news, Raycom Media
"Jill has a talent for making great leadership seem slap-your-forehead simple. That's because her work in WORK HAPPY sits atop mountainous research and real-life experience that has been honed and scrutinized by some of the most exacting leaders around. The result is practical, rock-solid advice that you're ready to act on before she's done talking."
---Keith Woods, vice president, NPR
"In a crisp, clear, upbeat style, Geisler cracks the code for what it takes to lead and to manage, even in times of change. Her experience as a leader, a coach, and a trainer of leaders comes through on every page. If you face the complex challenge of being your best as a leader and manager, WORK HAPPY puts a management guru by your side."
---Peggy Holman, author, Engaging Emergence
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But if you're self-aware enough to recognize that you aren't perfect and your leadership skills need care and feeding, do yourself a favor: Buy this book, read it, think about it, read it again, then do what it says. And then later on, like in a month or two, read it again, slower.
Jill Geisler's advice belongs chiseled in a stone tablet and delivered to the masses by a Heston-like figure, but for now, this edition will do.
She is adept at holding a mirror in front of your managerial face and helping you fix your problems in a non-judgmental way. Dealing with different types of personalities, handling difficult conversations, knowing the difference between coaching and preaching (or worse, taking over): All of these managerial qualities are presented in an approachable way.
Her strategies help people become more effective human beings. Her advice is candid, but not glib. Forceful, but not harsh. And most important: It is empowering.
You need to read this book. And if you think you don't, my friend, you are the one who needs to read it the most.
The subtitle suggests that it will be a great boss who creates the conditions for a productive and satisfying work life, with this caveat: Some of the unhappiest workers we know bear the title of boss, and their problems, we have all learned the hard way, flow downhill and become our problems.
Leadership, Geisler teaches us, is not the work of bosses alone. Each of us carries some burden of leadership, which, when embraced and practiced, can turn into something powerful, even joyful.
Jill Geisler brings long experience as a media leader to the writing of this book. Her strategies have been field tested and shared widely through her teaching at the Poynter Institute and through her iTunesU podcasts, which have been downloaded in the millions. Anyone who aspires to a leadership position of any kind at any organization should read this book and put its advice to work -- today.
Jill has Podcasts available on iTunes U of which I have been an avid listener the past few weeks. When she disclosed the release of her book, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Based on research from credible scientists and collated from Jill's personal experience as a teacher, learner, coach. This book comes together in a way that truly enriches your life. Im only on Chapter 4 and I already feel very passionately about it.
Jill has a brilliantly adept way in teaching you the fundamentals to how great leaders are made; but the beauty lies in the language used to describe and explain these terms. There are many of what I like to call "One liners" that resonate with you and just make sense. Plus the added bonus of interspersed 'pop-quizs';if you like, that give you time to reflect on yourself and help you understand your strengths and weaknesses. Jills knowledge in leadership really shines through and you can't help but feel like the greatest support to your development is right between your hands.
No doubt Jills background as a News Room Director, a Senior member of the faculty at the Poynter institute and her MA in Leadership Skills have attributed to this masterpiece of work.
A must have for the Self-Aware individual who is looking to reaffirm or re-learn what they thought they knew. This book is really going to empower me to engage my colleagues and undoubtedly develop myself (and hopefully others) into becoming the best in our roles!
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This book is most applicable, approachable, and effective in my leadership library. The advice is sound, colloquial, and backed by research which soothes my anxiety and feeds my... Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. Ciego
The book is great. It takes you by surprise some of the actions we perform as leaders but never given a thought on how others perceive them which can have implications. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great book for all managers, not just those who run newsrooms. Jill Geisler provides valuable advice with examples of how to have successful conversations with employees... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Dennis Anderson
Very easy read with lot's of thought provoking information. I like the writer's style and how she brings a lot of experience to her work.Published 14 months ago by Raymond Wilson