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  • Paperback: 55 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business School Press (1 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422122883
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422122884
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 11.9 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 423,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John J. Gabarro is the UPS Foundation Professor of Human Resource Management at Harvard Business School.

Now retired, John P. Kotter was the Konosuke Matsushita Professor Leadership at Harvard Business School.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marcelo Landivar on 6 Dec. 2010
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Everyone should read this book. We all have bosses and we need to learn to manage them, starting by realizing what "managing" a boss means, and it's not about manipulating her.

This is even more important if you work in a large organization, where complexity can quickly drive you out of track.

Only negative for me would be the format of this little booklet. This is a Harvard Review article that was forced into the format of a booklet. I would have very much preferred to buy the electronic version of the HBR article directly, which comes in a handy letter/A4 printable format. I bought the latter format for Peter Drucker's Managing Oneself and it is a much friendlier format.
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Developing a good working relationship with your superior 31 Dec. 2001
By Gerard Kroese - Published on
Both authors are Professors at the Harvard Business School. This article was originally published in January-February 1980, this On-Point version includes a retrospective commentary and was published in January-February 1993. Both authors have written several books on general management, leadership, and human resource management.
The term 'managing your boss' means "the process of consciously working with your superior to obtain the best possible results for you, your boss, and the company." It does not refer to political maneuvering or apple polishing. In this article the authors explain by using both successful and unsuccessful boss-manager relationship how to develop a productive relationship with your boss. First, you need to understand your boss and his/her context. It is necessary to appreciate their goals and pressures, their strengths and weaknesses. But this is only one-half of the relationship, you also need to know your own needs, strengths and weaknesses, and personal style. "With a clear understanding of both your boss and yourself, you can usually establish a way of working together that fits both of you ..." The authors provide a short checklist for 'managing your boss', which is supplemented with a discussion on compatible work styles, mutual expectations, the information flow, dependability and honesty, and use of time and resources. The article is complemented with a retrospective commentary by the editors of the Harvard Business Review.
Lots of traditional management books discussed the importance of top-down management, but this article was one of the first to discuss the upward relationship between manager and boss. The article provides great insights, excellent practical advice, and uses good examples. It is no surprise that it has become one of the best-selling Harvard Business Review articles. I highly recommend it to leaders, managers, and MBA-students. The authors use simple US-English.
Too bad it offers very little by way of actual practice ... 16 Nov. 2014
By E. Sainio - Published on
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The versions I got simplified the length, shortening it to 10 pages and reprinting directly from the Harvard Business Review. It's not worth the expense of shipping, especially given that it sticks with generic advice (find out the boss' priorities, styles, and goals, and match up with them). Too bad it offers very little by way of actual practice or information beyond that.
not very helpful 31 May 2014
By Ivan - Published on
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Very few examples used
Did not speak on commonly faces problems and how to resolve them. I was expecting much more
Gear article 16 Mar. 2014
By J E OBRIEN JR - Published on
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Most people who have trouble with their boss don't know how to deal with it. Some assume that they are. too good to have the bad relationship hurt them. This book is constructive and gives excellent
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Digital Version is Short 7 Aug. 2009
By Green Bean - Published on
Beware-- the digital version is only 11 pages long. A similar version of this can be found FOR FREE online. The should be more clear about what they're offering. I had the impression I was buying the whole book.
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