You never dreamed being the boss would be so hard. You're caught in a web of conflicting expectations from subordinates, your supervisor, peers, and customers. You're not alone.
As Linda Hill and Kent Lineback reveal in Being the Boss, becoming an effective manager is a painful, difficult journey. It's trial and error, endless effort, and slowly acquired personal insight. Many managers never complete the journey. At best, they just learn to get by. At worst, they become terrible bosses.
This new book explains how to avoid that fate, by mastering three imperatives:
- Manage yourself: Learn that management isn't about getting things done yourself. It's about accomplishing things through others.
- Manage a network: Understand how power and influence work in your organization and build a network of mutually beneficial relationships to navigate your company's complex political environment.
- Manage a team: Forge a high-performing "we" out of all the "I"s who report to you.
Packed with compelling stories and practical guidance, Being the Boss is an indispensable guide for not only first-time managers but all managers seeking to master the most daunting challenges of leadership.
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Horrible reading voice!!!
Unfortunately, it is very painful to listen to. The speaker/reader or narrator sounds like he is chewing gum and swallowing end syllables while having a rather predictive melody that reminds of a foreign student trying to speak English with something like a slang. It becomes a bit better after the Introduction and when listened to at reduced speed (e.g. 0.9) - just as if it was just accidentally recorded wrongly. I couldn't get far in the book yet, but so far there also weren't any unique jewels of wisdom to reward listening to such bad audio quality. If you are interested, probably better to read it than to listen to.
- Roman H
Great book, wish I had read it sooner
Slightly annoying reader but content is very good; much more depth than the average HBR article or even book. Unless you’re already a super star manager, I bet there’s a thing or two you will learn and insights you’ll get. Highly recommend.