Monday, April 23, 2012

Managing Your Manager: How To Get Ahead With Any Type Of Boss By Gonzague Dufour

Managing Your Manager: How to Get Ahead with Any Type of Boss

Managing Your Manager: How To Get Ahead With Any Type Of Boss By Gonzague Dufour

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Learn Everything You Can From Every Type of Boss

Managers come in all varieties, and unfortunately you don't get to choose your preference. Too often, we find ourselves working for people who are tough to work for, difficult to "decode," or brilliant but inaccessible. Managing Your Manager is the answer to dealing with a problematic supervisor.

Placing manager "types" into real-world categories--from the Bully, Scientist, and Star to the Geek, Parent, and Con Artist--it provides everything you need to make your work life more satisfying and productive. Managing Your Manager gives you the tools to:

  • Categorize your boss based on telling traits
  • Create a solid working relationship
  • Avoid common pitfalls associated with certain types
  • Become a strong leader based on lessons learned from various bosses

Managers of all types can provide invaluable learning experiences that can enhance your career. Managing Your Manager empowers you with the knowledge, skills, and savvy for dealing with any type of boss and excelling in your job.

Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #129498 in Books
  • Published on: 2010-12-14
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .69" h x 6.12" w x 8.97" l, .76 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 256 pages
Editorial Reviews

From the Author
As an HR professional I met, interviewed and worked with many different types of Bosses.

One day facing a tough, unfair and rough situation the question came to my mind , "why not to tell the story"" why not sharing with other people my learnings" ?
An other day somebody a bit stressed and desperate shared with me the problem she had dealing with her Boss.
Finally I was assigned abroad for one year with limited time spent back home, that was the opportunity and I started to put all of this down on paper, nights and week ends.
Here it is, I learned working under the Bully's pushy attitude, I enjoyed working with the Star, I painfully survived the "Navel's ego" and dreamed about the 7th Leader who I met in few occasions.
I wanted to share and help people to "enjoy the ride" with any type of Boss except... the "little tyrant"

From the Inside Flap
*The Bully--aggressive, command-and-control type; can deliver great results, but can also take bad risks and be a tough person to work for.
            *The Good--consistent, calm, communicative, but has problem with risk or anything that upsets the applecart.
            *The Kaleidoscope--shifting persona designed to accumulate and consolidate power; extremely bright and business savvy, but also difficult to get to know the real person and easy to resent controlling personality.
            *The Star--high-energy, dramatic and action-oriented, but has little patience with red tape or anything that requires patience; impulsiveness can get the group in trouble.
            *The Scientist--highly logical and reliant on a theory of the case, open to feedback; but they also can stubbornly stick to a theory beyond all reason; can also be distracted and difficult to communicate with in this state.
            *The Navel--big ego in need of constant feeding; this ego can drive group to decide and execute with speed and skill; can also drive people to distraction as this boss makes everything about him.
Six Profiles, six core chapters designed along the same format: traits, how to deal with them and a "secret strategy".

About the Author
Gonzague Dufour is a human resources executive who has held senior positions with top companies such as Phillip Morris, Kraft, Jacobs Suchard, and other large consulting firms.

Customer Reviews

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
5Even with a "hard" boss you can come out ahead
By Michelle Dunn
No matter where you work, if you can't get along with the boss, the rest of your job will be hard. Learning to deal with all types of personalities is all part of getting along. In Managing your manager, how to get ahead with any type of boss, Gonzague Dufour gives you tools to help you become your boss's go to person, increase your visibility in the company and expand your spheres of influence. These are all things that can seem unobtainable when you aren't getting along with your boss. If you can manage your boss instead of the other way around, you can end up on top. This book is a good resource for employees and for boss's who may want to better themselves.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
3Meant for people with really bad bosses
By Ojus
While the author is quite experienced and has seen a diverse set of bosses, the generalization of bosses was not relevant to me. Basically, if you have a terrible boss and are getting frustrated, there is a good chance you will find some assistance.

If you have a good or OK relationship with your boss, this book is probably not the best choice.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
4Managing your Manager
By Rolf Dobelli
A stressed-out manager often results in stressed-out employees. You can have a more positive, productive professional life if you understand your supervisors and handle them according to their personality profiles. Human resources executive Gonzague Dufour identifies and explains the six common managerial types. He devotes most chapters to profiling these archetypes, listing identifying traits according to professional tactics that work or don't work for each manager in specific situations, such as asking for a raise or dealing with a crisis. While many managers manifest characteristics from more than one boss type, and not all leaders are so easy to categorize, you will find yourself nodding in agreement with many of the author's points. getAbstract recommends this practical, useful book to entry- and mid-level employees, as well as to higher-level executives who wonder, "Am I a good boss?"


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