to Manage your Boss
Publishing House (Second Edition)
Roger Fritz writes and speaks from 40
years of experience as an educator, manager,
corporate executive, university president,
author and a highly successful consultant
to more than 250 clients including IBM,
Motorola, Pizza Hut and Sara Lee. His
books have been book-of-the-month selections
by the Fortune book Club and the American
Management Association, amongst others.
Fritz has been honoured by Inc magazine
and has received the prestigious Benjamin
Franklin Award from the publishers Marketing
Association. Roger Fritz has earlier on
authored the book -Think Like a Manager.
- Talk about bad bosses! We've all had
one at least once in our lives.
put, the book is about managing your boss.
Definitely not meant for wimps or the
`yes boss' category of executives but
for people who're willing to take on responsibility
to rise up the corporate ladder.
First and foremost, the author says if
you're stuck with a bad boss, instead
of complaining just go on and initiate
action. Afterall, how to manage your boss
can determine whether you succeed in your
job. Begin by taking stock of the situation.
One of the first productive exercises
is to assess your strengths, weaknesses,
skills and strategies. Secondly, try to
understand your boss.
Next step is to understand your boss's
working style. Is he an incompetent boss
who likes to delay any kind of decisions
as long as possible? Or an intimidating
boss who may actually be hiding a facade
designed to scare off the staff? Or an
indifferent boss who sort of casts a listlessness
that is difficult for even the most eager
subordinates to overcome.
The author suggests - Once you've figured
out these things you learn to lay your
position well. Being willing to work with
your boss is the number one rule. Having
an objective understanding of who you
are allows you to accept the parts you
like and work on the ones you don't. You
can't stay on the sidelines and win.
book advises different strategies to manage
your boss. The more your boss needs you,
the stronger your position and the brighter
your prospects. He says by ferreting out
and meeting your boss's unique need you
will make yourself essential to the company.
It could be just doing simple things like,
helping your boss anticipate problems.
Quickly respond to his requests. Help
your boss prepare for meetings. Save your
boss time by simplifying tough issues.
In all, one can pick up tools with which
you can turn around a situation which
may initially seem unworkable. A lucidly
written book, wherein the different chapters
examine each issue in detail - how to
create a relationship in which you are
effective without losing your identity.
The concluding chapter ends on a rather
practical note. The author says- `if everything
fails. Move on don't waste your life trying
to reform a tyrant who wouldn't change
even if hit with a bold of lightning.'
Definitely recommended for executives
who want to rise up the corporate ladder
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