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

ISBN: 978-0-470-90156-4
224 pages
August 2010, Jossey-Bass
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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.

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Chapter 1: Refuse to be undermanaged.

Chapter 2: The first person you have to manage every day is yourself.

Chapter 3: Get in the habit of managing your boss every day.

Chapter 4: Take it one boss at a time, one day at a time.

Chapter 5: Get clear expectations from your boss every step of the way.

Chapter 6: Get your hands on the resources you need to succeed.

Chapter 7: Track your performance every step of the way.

Chapter 8: Go the extra mile to earn credit and more rewards.

Chapter 9: Dealing with the most common jerk boss scenario.

Chapter 10: Start managing your boss today.

Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

Index.

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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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"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

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