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

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Format: Hardcover, 208pp.
ISBN: 9780470605301
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Pub. Date: September 14, 2010

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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.

Are you under increasing pressure at work?
Do you receive the support andguidance you need?
Do you have the flexibility you want and work under the conditions you need?
Are you earning as much as you should?

Wherever you work, you rely on your immediate boss for meeting your needs at work—no other relationship is as important to your career success. Yet few of us know how to get the best out of the most important person in our work lives.

In the much anticipated follow-up to It's Okay to Be the Boss, Bruce Tulgan challenges you to take responsibility for your role in every management relationship. Based on ongoing research started in 1993, Tulgan reveals the four essential things you should get from your boss to succeed at work:
  • Clearly spelled-out and reasonableexpectations
  • The skills, tools, and resources you need to accomplish those expectations
  • Honest feedback about your performance and course-correcting direction whennecessary
  • Proper recognition and rewards in exchange for your performance
This back-to-basics and unconventional approach to managing up will help you build highly engaged working relationships with your boss, and deal with complex authority relationships at every level and in any workplace.

Go ahead—it's okay to manage your boss? you just have to be very good at it. Learn how in this step-by-step book.


"Tulgan's management approach yields impressive results. I recommend It's Okay to Manage Your Boss to anyone with a manager. And any boss would be well served to have his or her direct reports read it too."
—John W. Lowe, president and CEO, the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc.

"If you want to manage your career, be successful in your role, and have a great working relationship with your boss, Tulgan's new book is a must-read. Clear, insightful, and practical."
—Peter J. Byloos, president, CR Bard Europe, the Middle East, and Africa

"At a time when we all need to do more with less, getting what you need from your boss is more critical than ever. Tulgan provides a roadmap for engaging your boss in your work, getting clear direction, and ensuring you have the tools and feedback you need to be successful. A great follow-up to It's Okay to Be the Boss."
—Laurie Burns, president, Bahama Breeze Island Grille

"Tulgan gives all employees—new ones as well as seasoned veterans—the tools necessary to manage their bosses. Anyone interested in developing their career will find practical and useful insights to improving the relationship with their boss."
—George H. Wilson Jr., president, Barriere Construction Co., LLC

"Tulgan has done it again: another recipe for success in the workplace. It's Okay to Manage Your Boss will help you be a better employee—and an even better boss."
—Brigadier General Greg Lengyel, United States Air Force

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About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

1 Refuse to be undermanaged
2The first person you have to manage every day is yourself
3Get in the habit of managing your boss every day
4Take it one boss at a time, one day at a time
5Get clear expectations from your boss every step of the way
6Get your hands on the resources you need to succeed
7Track your performance every step of the way
8Go the extra mile to earn credit and more rewards
9Dealing with the most common jerk boss scenario
10Start managing your boss today
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