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“Powerhouse Lindsey Pollak has perfectly calibrated this book for Gen-Yers moving into their first leadership roles. If you really want the promotion or just got the promotion, definitely read this book! It will jump-start your success as a leader and accelerate your next promotion.” (--Bruce Tulgan, best-selling author of It's Okay to be the Boss, Not Everyone Gets a Trophy, and The 27 Challenges Managers Face; founder and chairman of RainmakerThinking, Inc.)

“Every page of this practical, highly readable book contains a tangible tip to help aspiring leaders get and keep the jobs they want. And if you don’t think of yourself as a leader, think again - we all lead all the time in one way, shape, or form.” (--Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., author of See Jane Lead and Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office)

“Consultant Pollak…promises to share everything she has learned about becoming a boss. In a conversational, encouraging style, she delivers on her promise….Clear writing and helpful lists add to the usability.” (Library Journal)

“[With its] astute insight and applicable approach, Becoming the Boss may be one of the most relevant books on leadership available.” (Deseret News)

“Pollak…presents an engaging, smart leadership manual for Generation Y….Call-out boxes, checklists, and quizzes make the book user-friendly and fun to read. This insightful guide is not just for young leaders; it would also benefit older employers or employees who want to better understand their younger colleagues.” (Publishers Weekly)

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The author of Getting from College to Career reinvents the concept of management for a new generation, offering a fresh and relevant approach to career success that shows Millennials how to make the next step: become a leader.

We are in the midst of a leadership revolution, as power passes from Baby Boomers to Millennials, who are stepping into executive positions in corporations, government, and their own businesses. Becoming the Boss is a brisk, tech‑savvy success manual filled with real-world, actionable tips from an expert. Lindsey Pollak defines what Millennial generation leadership is and draws on original research, her own experience, and interviews with young managers and entrepreneurs to share the secrets of what makes them successful leaders—and shows young professionals how to rise in their own careers. From learning to develop a style that appeals to your older colleagues to managing virtual employees to mastering the rules of social media etiquette, Becoming the Boss helps you identify your next professional move and shows you how to succeed once you get there.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A very good look at contemporary leadership and management 10 Sept. 2014
By D. Brennan - Published on
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This is a very good book that should be read beyond the described target market of new Millennial managers and entrepreneurs. I found the first chapter to be an excellent summary of the management philosophies that are taught in business schools around the world - from Drucker to Carnegie to Lao Tzu. It's as concise and as well written as any short summary I have ever read on the subject.

I also found many of the author's more provocative points to be worth serious consideration. For example she predicts that there will never be a Generation X president in the USA - we'll skip right from boomers to Gen Y. Her argument makes this Gen X'er think she has a point.

I was pleased that the first several chapters focus on the importance of self-management. It's chock full of contemporary ideas - managing your personal brand, the rise of long-term or permanent freelancing as a new mode of labor, lots of digital media stuff, and the realities of making your way in a professional world where old ideas often outlive their usefulness.

Overall this book is the best recent book on the re-conceptualization of management in the modern economy.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
For Millennials, Written by A Gen-Xer, Good For All Generations! 24 Aug. 2014
By Dave Anthold - Published on
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Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders by Lindsey Pollak is filled to the brim with practical career advice for millennial generation; however, the good news is...this advice translates to all generations. Lindsey brings a wealth of experience and knowledge for this emerging generation.

This book is well-researched and full of expert advice. The book contains recommendations for apps, books, advice from millennials already in leadership positions, advice from other generational leaders, and research finding. Pollak presents the ideas in bite-size chunks that allows you to share ideas easily.

Here are a few of my takeaway ideas:

- Be a well-read leader - this book has so many book references its staggering (and exciting)
- Practical advice for using social media (do's / don'ts)
- Personal branding tips
- Deliver a confident handshake (no wimpy handshakes allowed)
- Dress for the leadership position you want
- Thank you notes go a long way, especially when you DON'T get the position
- Be clear in your communication expectations as well as your expectations for your team
- It's okay to say "no", because it will benefit everyone

This book was such a good reminder of the things that we need to do to help us succeed, even if we are an individual contributor. At many times in our career, we will be leading projects or teams and this advice will help us succeed. Lindsey has distilled her career advice, and those of key leaders, into an easy-to-read format. You can read the whole book or sections based on how you need to grow as a leader.

If you are just entering your career or part way through it, this is a great book for you.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Expert advice in a practical "guidebook" focused on new graduates, but useful for anyone looking to move up to the next level 14 Sept. 2014
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The target audience for this book is the soon to graduate and recent college graduates, but Ms. Pollak's advice is useful for anyone in a rut at work, or just wanting to move up to the next level. It is a back to the basics approach that is useful at any stage in your career.

This book is a light and fast read that is both enjoyable and informative.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Chockfull of practical advice to help Millennials become corporate leaders 11 Aug. 2014
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As a Millennial who is nearly 10 years into her career and at the director level, this book sounded perfect Many of the books on the market for Millennials are geared towards landing your first job so for me, a book that deals with the middle part of your career was welcome. This book is geared towards people who already have a job, are doing well at it, and trying to figure out where to go next and how to get there. It's chockfull of practical advice to help you do just that because as the author aptly says, a lot of what helps you land your first job and be good at entry level work isn't necessarily what also makes you a great leader. It's also approachably and somewhat conversationally written so it's an easy, enjoyable read. In every chapter I found useful pieces of advice and tactics I am already starting to implement in my job. I also think it is worth noting that the content is appropriate both for those who have read a few business books before and those who have read none. Pollak smartly does a primer of existing business books before diving into her original content. It's helpful because it ensures everyone is on the same page without belaboring information that has been largely published elsewhere.

I also thought that in addition to having a lot of helpful content, the book was well organized. Pollak uses section headers, bullet points and side bars well. I thought it made the content digestible to read straight through or easy to thumb through if you'd rather only stick to specific sections of interest.

I only have a couple of slight nits. First, is that if you've read other books on succeeding in business, some of the content is pretty similar to what you'll read in other places. For example, like Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, it stresses the importance of sleep. As I previously mentioned above, I think Pollak tries hard not to rehash the most common advice, but there is still some overlap with other books. Thankfully, there is enough content that feels unique to this book and specific to this point in your career that it balances it out. I also didn't care for the quizzes in the book. I think the idea of identifying aspects of your style of leadership is great, but these quizzes seemed too fluffy for my taste and not as rigorous as other self-assessments I've done. I get what the author was going for, but often felt like none of the answer choices fit me.

Overall I think this is a good book for Millennials who are in a similar position to where I am and would recommend it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Prepare yourself to be the boss with this book 17 Sept. 2014
By Katherine Chan - Published on
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We're all leaders so this is a must read. This book starts off with a refresher and credits to classics in business literature, art of war, The Prince, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Atlas Shrugged, Confessions of an Advertising Man, The Effective Executive, and the Essential Drucker, Servant Leadership, plus many more books. Pollak includes a synopsis of all of the above. She recommends people to watch themselves on video, as the best speakers record themselves and learn from what they see.

I'm over simplifying when I'm saying this book covers it all. But it really does. This book covers it all from listening, managing, prioritizing, connecting and growing. And she does it all in a very natural voice that makes this book an easy read.
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