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

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Praise for It's Okay to Manage Your Boss

"Tulgan's management approach yields impressive results. I recommend It's Okay to Manage Your Boss to anyone with a manager. And any boss would be well served to have his or her direct reports read it too." —John W. Lowe, president and CEO, the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc.

"If you want to manage your career, be successful in your role, and have a great working relationship with your boss, Tulgan's new book is a must-read. ...

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Overview

Praise for It's Okay to Manage Your Boss

"Tulgan's management approach yields impressive results. I recommend It's Okay to Manage Your Boss to anyone with a manager. And any boss would be well served to have his or her direct reports read it too." —John W. Lowe, president and CEO, the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc.

"If you want to manage your career, be successful in your role, and have a great working relationship with your boss, Tulgan's new book is a must-read. Clear, insightful, and practical."—Peter J. Byloos, president, CR Bard Europe, the Middle East, and Africa

"At a time when we all need to do more with less, getting what you need from your boss is more critical than ever. Tulgan provides a roadmap for engaging your boss in your work, getting clear direction, and ensuring you have the tools and feedback you need to be successful. A great follow-up to It's Okay to Be the Boss."—Laurie Burns, president, Bahama Breeze Island Grille

"Tulgan gives all employees—new ones as well as seasoned veterans—the tools necessary to manage their bosses. Anyone interested in developing their career will find practical and useful insights to improving the relationship with their boss."—George H. Wilson Jr., president, Barriere Construction Co., LLC

"Tulgan has done it again: another recipe for success in the workplace. It's Okay to Manage Your Boss will help you be a better employee—and an even better boss."—Brigadier General Greg Lengyel, United States Air Force

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Editorial Reviews

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. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470605301
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 391,536
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Tulgan is an adviser to business leaders all over the world and a sought-after speaker and seminar leader. He is the founder of RainmakerThinking, a workplace research and training firm, and has written for the New York Times, USA Today, Harvard Business Review, and HR Magazine. He is the author of numerous books, including the best-selling It's Okay to Be the Boss, the classic Managing Generation X, and Not Everyone Gets a Trophy. Tulgan holds a fourth-degree black belt in karate and is married to Debby Applegate, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.

For more information about the book and to view Bruce Tulgan's video newsletter, please visit www.rainmakerthinking.com.

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Table of Contents

Chapter One Refuse to Be Undermanaged 1

Chapter Two The First Person you have to Manage Every Day is Yourself 33

Chapter Three Get in the Habit of Managing your Bosses Every Day 57

Chapter Four Takes it One Boss at a Time, One Day at a Time 75

Chapter Five Make Sure you Understand What is Expected of you 93

Chapter Six Assess and Plan for the Resources you Need 107

Chapter Seven Track your Own Performance Every Step of the Way 121

Chapter Eight Earn More Rewards by Doing More Work, Faster and Better 141

Chapter Nine What if your Boss Really is a Jerk? 157

Chapter Ten Start here 173

Acknowledgments 189

About the Author 193

Index 195

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2010

    Another Tulgan triumph!

    Bruce Tulgan has again come through with a clearly presented book--a followup to his "It's Okay to be the Boss" best seller. It is helpful not just to those who have to deal with a sometimes problem boss but for me, as a boss, it points out many ways which I should be dealing better with my employees that I didn't recognize previously. Congratulations, Bruce--well done.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2010

    Highly Recommended!

    Bruce Tulgan once again provides timely, useful and authoritative advice for people in the workplace.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    You and your boss should read this book!

    Want to increase productivity then you should read this book, both of you!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2010

    fresh approach

    Great advice when you want to work with your boss, not just for your boss, to get real performance, therefore real productivity . . . efficient use of my creativity gets the work well done for both of us minus banging our heads on brick walls.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2010

    Tulgan does it again!

    Just what a volatile workplace needs right now: A breath of rationality, inspiration, and downright practical advice from the man who told managers it was "okay to be the boss." In his latest book, Bruce jumps to the other side of the desk and offers employees real-world tips on how to be productive both with and for their bosses. I suggest this book not only for those employees, but also for managers who will wonder what their people are up to as they put Bruce's techniques into action. Another winner from the founder of RainmakerThinking, Inc.!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2010

    good nread!

    I totally enjoyed this book. Anyone dealing with those in a managerial position will get tons of good advice here to make great production happen for themselves in their job.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    Bruce is able to state in simple language very powerful and useful managing techniques. As a small business owner, I believe his books have helped me to focus my efforts. This book is a good look from the employees' perspective.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2010

    excellent resource

    I find Tulgan's work so helpful in clarifying the issues at stake in today's workplace; it goes a long way to relieving anxiety in approaching interaction with personnel - in this case, superiors. I find the strategies suggested specific and to the point - and allow for much less misunderstanding of the goals appropriate to a given workplace situation. Excellent guide to creative management of the professional setting I want to work in and with.

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  • Posted November 10, 2010

    Must read for any manager or employee

    This book is a revelation to anyone who manages people for a living. Bruce Tulcan is the master at explaining how to get the most out of employee relations. As with his previous book, this book is a must for those who looking to gain insight in relationships in the work place.

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  • Posted November 10, 2010

    Advice for any worker

    In It's Okay to Manage Your Boss, Bruce Tulgan takes the not-very-contrarian position that it's not only supervisors who have to know how to manage. This book articulates the skills, steps, and--most important--attitudes it takes for rank-and-file workers to help their bosses help them.

    As Tulgan's subtitle notes, the employee's most important work relationship is with his boss, yet many employees do not do what it takes to make that relationship a good one. Every boss owes every employee clear expectations and priorities, appropriate assessment, and just compensation. But every boss--like every employee--is human, and it is incumbent on the employee, Tulgan argues, to "refuse to be undermanaged."

    Tulgan offers copious, practical suggestions on ways to get what you need from your boss--even if your boss is, as Tulgan refreshingly says, "a jerk." But his lessons are not for those who want merely to get their bosses off their backs, and Tulgan's first loyalty is to personal accountability. The way to manage your boss, he says, is to "take responsibility for [your] part of this management relationship." In short, It's Okay to Manage Your Boss is solid advice for anyone not working in a cave.

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  • Posted November 10, 2010

    I was frustrated at work, and this helped me respond productively.

    What a timely book! Bruce writes clearly about complicated subjects. He offers a series of manageable, eminently doable to-do lists for navigating nuanced, dynamic and volatile situations and relationships. This book is extremely well organized and practical, whether in our own scary economic "moment," or in a period of charging growth and full employment. Employee/Employer relationships are a certainty of working life, and it's amazing to me that we haven't had this kind of "manual" for them until now. I've been needing to have a talk with a couple of my bosses, over work expectations and reward for "beyond the job description" contributions. I've been agonizing about it. Now, I have a game plan for opening and conducting those conversations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2010

    Definitely a must-read!

    I think that anyone who is struggling with their employer relationship must read this book - the concepts are sound and well-presented. While it may seem "backwards" to manage your boss - think about it - what relationship in the workplace is more essential? so therefore, should you not work at it?

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  • Posted October 4, 2010

    I highly recommend this book.

    As a former corporate manager, I now work as a consultant. I face the challenge of new bosses on a regular basis and this book has given me some new tools that will help me be more successful in ever changing environments.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2010

    helpful strategies to negotiate for what you need

    This book is well worth reading for anyone in the workplace. Really helps with clarity about roles in and the purpose of a work situation. Anyone will benefit by gaining strategies to negotiate for what he/she needs. Offers an alternative to burning out and/or having tantrums.

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  • Posted September 15, 2010

    Resolving "undermanagement" issues require hands-on techniques

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2010

    on the mark

    Attentive to complex interrelationships between employee and bosses, when they both actually have the same goal of getting direct results -- so shelve the wrong turns and distractions to effectively get the job done and keep productivity ramping up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2010

    Another winner

    Just received the followup to Bruce Tulgan's "It's Okay to be the Boss."
    "It's Okay to Manage Your Boss" is a whizzbang clearly written book that is just as valuable for those folks who are in situations that could easily be disruptive but now can be addressed smoothly. It should be a must read for both "bossess" and those who report to them.

    Definitely a 5 star!

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