From Bud to Boss: Secrets to a Successful Transition to Remarkable Leadership
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Practical advice for making the shift to your first leadership position
The number of people who will become first-time supervisors will likely grow in the next 10 years, as Baby Boomers retire. Perhaps the most challenging leadership experience anyone will face isn't one at the top, but their first promotion to leadership. They must deal with the change and uncertainty that comes with a new job, requiring new skills, and they've been promoted from peer to leader. While the book addresses the needs of any manager, supervisor, or leader, it pulls from the best leadership and management thinking, and puts the focus on the difficulties that new leaders experience.
- Includes practical information for new managers who must supervise friends and former peers
- Authors are expert consultants who work with leaders at all levels
- Shows how to adopt the mindset of a leader, including: communicating change, giving feedback, coaching employees, leading productive teams, and achieving goals
This much-needed book can help new leaders get beyond the stress and fear to focus on becoming the most effective leader they can be-starting right now.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #116011 in Books
- Published on: 2011-02-15
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 1.08" h x 6.31" w x 9.06" l, 1.12 pounds
- Binding: Hardcover
- 320 pages
'…much-needed book can help new leaders get beyond the stress and fear to focus on becoming the most effective leader they can be.' (Publicnet.co.uk, May 2011).
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful.
Making the journey from Bud to Boss
By JOAN KOERBER-WALKER
The day you have been dreaming of is here... you have just become the boss. NOW WHAT DO YOU DO?
If this is your dream, the answer is a very important one. If you are already a "boss" you know it is not a simple one. Making the transition from "bud" to "boss" can be a tricky one and sooner or later, as entrepreneurs and as leaders, it is a lesson we all must learn.
Experienced leaders will tell you this is an ongoing learning process. For first time supervisors, managers and leaders, knowing how to do it right is a key stepping stone on the road to success.
That's why this new book: Bud to Boss by Kevin Eikenberry and Guy Harris (Jossey-Bass, February 15, 2011) is one you'll probably want to have in your library. In the Amazon Video, co-author Kevin Eikenberry shares some highlights of what's inside and why it is importantalong with the 6 main points you will find in Bud to Boss.
So I thought you might enjoy seven great quotes I found inside when I read it.
On the impact you make as a leader:
...like a boat, you can tell a great deal about leaders,
even if you have never met them, by looking at their wake--their impact on the organization.
The two sides of a leader's wake are
1. The tasks or results he accomplishes
2. The people or relationships he impacts
On Control and Empowerment
You can't tell another person that he or she is empowered.
That person will not act empowered until he or she feels
As a leader, how others experience change is as
important as how you experience it.
Communication style models are good guides for
understanding other people. They are not rules that
define other people.
Coaching is more about ``we'' than ``me,'' more about
conversation and discovery than advice.
On Collaboration and Teams
The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime. --Babe Ruth, Baseball player
On Goals and Commitment
Goals help you look beyond the activity and get clear on what you really want to accomplish. In other words, though time management is great, goals put the focus on accomplishment.
So that's my sneak peek into Bud to Boss by Kevin Eikenberry and Guy Harris. It's a great book with lots of good information and tools, plus easy to follow guides and examples. If you know someone who is making the transition from Bud to Boss for the first time or the just the next time, you may want to pass this review along...or buy them the book. I'm certainly appreciative that someone shared it with me.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful.
Not Worth Anyone's Time
By Jeff T.
I was looking for a resource for a training for newly promoted staff in my organization. This book sounded perfect. In fact, it was a complete waste of time. It is nothing more than a list of platitudes that sound like, "It's lonely at the top," or "Choose your friends carefully," and then goes on to restate these cliches in as many ways as possible (which the author is very good at!). At 3/4 of the way through the book, which is where I closed it and placed it in the garbage can, it was clear that the author had not even done basic research on the topic of leadership transition. A quick internet search has yielded more useful, research-based, strategies than this book.
It is also clear that this book was simply intended to be an advertisement for the author's consulting service. This is understandable as all business consultants need a book to their name. However, this does not make for useful reading. It is 99.9% filler. For example, the first 38 pages (yes, THIRTY-EIGHT) are dedicated to introducing the topic and how to use the book. One section is titled "Read with a Purpose" and another is called "Read with a Pen." Interestingly, I learned these "strategies" in about 4th grade.
On a side note, the fact that "JOHN B. SPENCE", a self-proclaimed expert on business strategy books (he reads "100+ a year"!), highly recommends this book makes me suspect that Mr. Spence is in fact a shill for business consulting authors. I would suggest we take any of his recommendations with a bucket of salt.
Finally, if you are still considering purchasing this book, please CHECK IT OUT YOURSELF first. You can actually browse through the entire book using the "Click to Look Inside" option on the Amazon page. But, honestly, it's not even worth the time it takes to do that.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
Perfect for the Bud to Boss Transition!
By John B. Spence
Because I read a LOT of business books, 100+ a year, I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of "From Bud to Boss" to review for my blog. I am a VERY tough critic of books -- and I truly LOVED this book. It is perfect for a person going through the "Bud To Boss" transition. It is an easy read, full of excellent ideas and tools - very focused and to-the-point. I wish I'd had a book like this when I was a young manager - it would have prevented a lot of headaches and missteps! If you are going through the difficult transition from being "One of the guys or gals" -- to being the manager, leader director...boss - this book will help you a GREAT deal. If you are already a leader - but are getting ready to promote someone on your team from a "Bud" to a "Boss" -- you need to give them a copy of this book - it will save you both a ton of time and energy. The authors have done a wonderful job making this book useful, focused and relevant -- I highly recommend it. John Spence