Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best… and Learn from the Worst by Robert I. Sutton

Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best... and Learn from the Worst by Robert I. Sutton

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Book Name :  Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best… and Learn from the Worst
Author : Robert I. Sutton
Language : English
Genre : Business,  Self-Development, Non-Fiction, Leadership, Management, Self-Help
Publication : Business Plus
Pages : 314
Book Size : 22.2 Mb
Book Format : PDF

About the Book:

Good Boss, Bad Boss focuses on the differences between the best and worst bosses. Robert I. Sutton contrast the best and worst moves that they make when performing essential chores like taking charge, making wise decisions, turning talk into action, and doing their dirty work. Most of the research introduced here compares “better versus worse” actions that bosses take. Robert do so because the nuances and impact of doing the right thing become crystal clear when placed alongside the wrong thing. If you are a boss, you can save yourself much grief by considering the screw ups and setbacks of fellow.bosses. As former U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt is credited with saying, “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”

The cautionary tales in Good Boss, Bad Boss not only can save time and money, they can spare you humiliation. Chapters shows there are times when you need to “keep your big mouth shut.” The Author describe a partner and head of the securities practice at a large law firm who talked loudly about upcoming layoffs on his cell phone as he rode in a crowded train—and named approximately twenty attorneys slated to lose their jobs. His bellowing was overheard by a fellow passenger, who figured out the partner’s firm, his name, and that he was speaking with the COO. This anonymous passenger then wrote a blog post about the conversation. Embarrassed firm leaders apologized for their indiscreet partner and admitted that, yes, layoffs were coming soon. That loud partner learned his lesson; but it is a lot easier to learn from that guy than to be that guy.

If you are serious about becoming a skilled and compassionate boss, just reading this or any other book isn’t enough. Greatness comes only through dogged effort, doing many small things well, getting up after each hard knock, and helping your people press forward at every turn. The best bosses don’t ride into town, save the day with a bold move or two, declare victory, and then rest on their laurels. There is no final victory. The main reward for success is usually that you get to keep doing a damn hard (but often satisfying) job for a while longer. Despite the horseshit spewed out by too many management gurus, there are no magic bullets, instant cures, or easy shortcuts to becoming a great boss.
Anyone who tells you otherwise is a liar. The best bosses succeed because they keep chipping away at a huge pile of dull, interesting, fun, rewarding, trivial, frustrating, and often ridiculous chores. That’s why this book is called Good Boss, Bad Boss. Devoting relentless attention to doing one good thing after another—however small—is the only path I know to becoming and remaining a great boss.

Robert I. Sutton wish he could promise you that the path was easier. Yet there are stark differences between what superb and lousy bosses do, differences backed by piles of rigorous studies. Good Boss, Bad Boss blends this research with true stories to reveal the mindset, measure, and actions of the best bosses—along with lessons gleaned from mistakes that even the best bosses sometimes make and the worst make again and again.

Further Reading:

  1. Effective Immediately: How to Fit In, Stand Out, and Move Up at Your First Real Job by Emily Bennington & Skip Lineberg
  2. Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur By Pamela Slim
  3. Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions by Guy Kawasaki


I. Setting the Stage
Chapter 1: The Right Mindset

II. What the Best Bosses Do
Chapter 2: Take Control
Chapter 3: Strive to Be Wise
Chapter 4: Stars and Rotten Apples
Chapter 5: Link Talk and Action
Chapter 6: Serve as a Human Shield
Chapter 7: Don’t Shirk the Dirty Work
Chapter 8: Squelch Your Inner Boss hole

III. The Upshot
Chapter 9: It’s All About You
Your Stories and Ideas About Bosses

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