Good Boss, Bad Boss

Good Boss, Bad Boss

How to Be the Best-- and Learn From the Worst

Downloadable Audiobook - 2010
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If you have a job, chances are you have a boss. Indeed, everybody has a boss, whether it's someone at the supervisory, managerial, or executive level. And if you're like everybody else, you know that keeping the boss happy with your performance is a major focus of your daily corporate life and career. Problem is - and as Bob Sutton made clear in his classic THE NO ASSHOLE RULE - too many of us work for bosses who are jerks. And that's the starting point of BOSS ...
Publisher: New York : Hachette Audio, 2010
ISBN: 9781600247828
Characteristics: 1 sound file :,digital

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This is an interesting break down of what to do vs. what NOT to do. It also has helpful scenarios and suggestions for navigating tricky situations.

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Sep 05, 2015

Key points from book:

Mindset of a great boss: 1) Too assertive vs no assertive enough 2) Got grit? Marathon or a sprint 3) Small realistic win not grand goals 4) Toxic tandem: people are watching you closely so watch your actions 5) Got their backs? Caring and protecting your subordinates

12 Commandments of boss's dirty work, how to implement tough decisions in effective / human ways: 1) do not delay painful decisions / actions 2) assume you are clueless of how people judge you 3) implement tough decisions as best as you can 4) communicate to all affected how distress event will unfold 5) explain early and often why dirty work is necessary 6) give people influence on how painful changes happen even when it is impossible to change what will happen to them 7) never humiliate, belittle or bad-mouth people who are target of your dirty work 8) ask yourself and your fellow bosses if the dirty work is necessary 9) do not bullshit or lie to employees 10) keep your big mouth shut 11) refrain from doing mean spirit things to exact revenge 12) don't attempt dirty work if you lack the power to do it right


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