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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2011 Linda A. Hill, Kent Lineback (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp
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5 out of 5 stars
By Bas on 02-20-12

Very usefull

Would you consider the audio edition of Being the Boss to be better than the print version?


What did you like best about this story?

The book is divided into three parts, the first part confirmed most of my own findings, the second part, about exercising influence outside of your own team was an eye opener

Would you be willing to try another one of Erik Synnestvedt’s performances?

Never, this was the weakest part of the book. It was almost impossible to get through to what was being said, because of the monotone way it was read, and how every other sentence would finish with the same intonation as the previous.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Just that the voice really annoyed me.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Leanne Gardner on 04-04-15

Returning it

What made the experience of listening to Being the Boss the most enjoyable?

I assume the remaining 2/3rds of the book are good. But if I have to hear another sentence from this narrator, I will jump out of the window.

What didn’t you like about Erik Synnestvedt’s performance?

The narration was so annoying that I am returning the book.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By AE on 11-11-16

Great content, really annoying narrator

Where does Being the Boss rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

For this particular topic top in terms of content

What did you like best about this story?

The book is well organized into sections. It flows well from topic to another. Some things may seem obvious but are often missed or ignored. It discusses the common pitfalls of managing others and dealing with a large organization.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator is awful. He sounds like a teenage valley girl. Absolutley the worst and most annoying narrator.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?


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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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