Thursday, January 12, 2012

Its Okay To Manage Your Boss: The Step-By-Step Program For Making The Best Of Your Most Important Relationship At Work By Bruce Tulgan

Its Okay to Manage Your Boss: The Step-by-Step Program for Making the Best of Your Most Important Relationship at Work

Its Okay To Manage Your Boss: The Step-By-Step Program For Making The Best Of Your Most Important Relationship At Work By Bruce Tulgan

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Get what you need from your boss

In this follow-up to the bestselling It's Okay to Be the Boss, Bruce Tulgan argues that as managers demand more and more from their employees, they are also providing them with less guidance than ever before. Since the number one factor in employee success is the relationship between employees and their immediate managers, employees need to take greater responsibility for getting the most out of that relationship. Drawing on years of experience training managers and employees, Tulgan reveals the four essential things employees should get from their bosses to guarantee success at work.

  • Shows employees how to ask for what they need to succeed in their high-pressure jobs
  • Shatters previously held beliefs about how employees should manage up
  • Outlines what employees must get from their managers: clear expectations; the skills needed to perform their jobs; honest feedback, recognition or rewards

A novel approach to managing up, It's Okay to Manage Your Boss is an invaluable resource for employees who want to work more effectively with their managers.

Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #198049 in Books
  • Published on: 2010-09-14
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .82" h x 5.86" w x 8.32" l, .71 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 208 pages
Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
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

From the Inside Flap

Are you under increasing pressure at work?

Do you receive the support andguidance you need?

Do you have the flexibility you want and work under the conditions you need?

Are you earning as much as you should?


Wherever you work, you rely on your immediate boss for meeting your needs at work—no other relationship is as important to your career success. Yet few of us know how to get the best out of the most important person in our work lives.

In the much anticipated follow-up to It's Okay to Be the Boss, Bruce Tulgan challenges you to take responsibility for your role in every management relationship. Based on ongoing research started in 1993, Tulgan reveals the four essential things you should get from your boss to succeed at work:

  • Clearly spelled-out and reasonableexpectations

  • The skills, tools, and resources you need to accomplish those expectations

  • Honest feedback about your performance and course-correcting direction whennecessary

  • Proper recognition and rewards in exchange for your performance

This back-to-basics and unconventional approach to managing up will help you build highly engaged working relationships with your boss, and deal with complex authority relationships at every level and in any workplace.

Go ahead—it's okay to manage your boss? you just have to be very good at it. Learn how in this step-by-step book.

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
5Resolving "undermanagement" issues require hands-on techniques
By Mark Kurber
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.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
5At last!
By E. L. Sweeney
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.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
5Half the battle is staying professional
By Rico Suave
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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