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Managing Your Manager: How to Get Ahead with Any Type of Boss [Paperback]

Gonzague Dufour
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1 Feb 2011

Learn Everything You Can From Every Type of Boss

Managers come in all varieties, and unfortunately you don't get to choose your preference. Too often, we find ourselves working for people who are tough to work for, difficult to "decode," or brilliant but inaccessible.Managing Your Manager is the answer to dealing with a problematic supervisor.

Placing manager "types" into real-world categories--from the Bully, Scientist, and Star to the Geek, Parent, and Con Artist--it provides everything you need to make your work life more satisfying and productive. Managing Your Manager gives you the tools to:

  • Categorize your boss based on telling traits
  • Create a solid working relationship
  • Avoid common pitfalls associated with certain types
  • Become a strong leader based on lessons learned from various bosses

Managers of all types can provide invaluable learning experiences that can enhance your career. Managing Your Manager empowers you with the knowledge, skills,and savvy for dealing with any type of boss and excelling in your job.


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional (1 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071751939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071751933
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 479,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have held senior executive positions with Phillip Morris until my departure last year, having been with the company since 1993. My most recent position was as Vice President/Human Resources for Latin America and Canada. Prior to that, I was Vice President/Human Resources for Central Europe and Management and Organization Development, responsible for 43,000 employees. Before that, I held managerial HR positions with Kraft Jacobs Suchard and KPMG.
In addition, I have both law and accounting advanced degrees and am fluent in English, French and I love Spanish, having been a global executive working in the U.S., France, Switzerland and other countries.
I am currently working for Bacardi as Director Executive Recruitment and development.

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About the Author

Gonzague Dufour is a human resources executive who has held senior positions with top companies such as Phillip Morris, Kraft, Jacobs Suchard, and other large consulting firms.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Managing your Manager 2 Mar 2012
By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
A stressed-out manager often results in stressed-out employees. You can have a more positive, productive professional life if you understand your supervisors and handle them according to their personality profiles. Human resources executive Gonzague Dufour identifies and explains the six common managerial types. He devotes most chapters to profiling these archetypes, listing identifying traits according to professional tactics that work or don't work for each manager in specific situations, such as asking for a raise or dealing with a crisis. While many managers manifest characteristics from more than one boss type, and not all leaders are so easy to categorize, you will find yourself nodding in agreement with many of the author's points. getAbstract recommends this practical, useful book to entry- and mid-level employees, as well as to higher-level executives who wonder, "Am I a good boss?"
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1.0 out of 5 stars Weak 1 April 2014
By Jessamy
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Really poor, lack of disciplined detail in advice, too many anecdotes, and the descriptions of managers felt extreme and overstated. If the leadership types were more recognisable this would help, and also to have far more emphasis on how to work well together. Waste of money and reading time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even with a "hard" boss you can come out ahead 26 Mar 2011
By Michelle Dunn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
No matter where you work, if you can't get along with the boss, the rest of your job will be hard. Learning to deal with all types of personalities is all part of getting along. In Managing your manager, how to get ahead with any type of boss, Gonzague Dufour gives you tools to help you become your boss's go to person, increase your visibility in the company and expand your spheres of influence. These are all things that can seem unobtainable when you aren't getting along with your boss. If you can manage your boss instead of the other way around, you can end up on top. This book is a good resource for employees and for boss's who may want to better themselves.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meant for people with really bad bosses 13 Mar 2012
By Ojus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
While the author is quite experienced and has seen a diverse set of bosses, the generalization of bosses was not relevant to me. Basically, if you have a terrible boss and are getting frustrated, there is a good chance you will find some assistance.

If you have a good or OK relationship with your boss, this book is probably not the best choice.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Managing your Manager 2 Mar 2012
By Rolf Dobelli - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A stressed-out manager often results in stressed-out employees. You can have a more positive, productive professional life if you understand your supervisors and handle them according to their personality profiles. Human resources executive Gonzague Dufour identifies and explains the six common managerial types. He devotes most chapters to profiling these archetypes, listing identifying traits according to professional tactics that work or don't work for each manager in specific situations, such as asking for a raise or dealing with a crisis. While many managers manifest characteristics from more than one boss type, and not all leaders are so easy to categorize, you will find yourself nodding in agreement with many of the author's points. getAbstract recommends this practical, useful book to entry- and mid-level employees, as well as to higher-level executives who wonder, "Am I a good boss?"
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Balanced and insitefull 28 Feb 2011
By Allan Hay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Each year a large number of employees leave their jobs because of a bad relationship with their supervisor. Gonzague Dufour's book, Managing Your Manager, provides directions for seeing these relationships differently and perhaps the best opportunity to turn around a seemingly unworkable work relationship.

What I personally like about Dufour's book is the approach he takes of not only describing in depth the major supervisory personalities an employee may run into during their career, but also that he provides points to observe about the supervisor to confirm their type, and specific strategies for turning these relationships to the employees' advantage. Then add to that, he offers a list of things to definitely not do to effect the relationship, and reasons not to do them.
Just as important to any relationship equation, Dufour goes to great effort to point out to readers a cautionary list of personality issues they may recognize within themselves, that may make it difficult to want to work on the relationship and the resulting benefits available to them.

All in all, I believe, for the employee who is willing to put an effort into creating a stronger working relationship with their boss, this book offers the strongest tools available to guide them to making their work life better and their career success and satisfaction more available.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I'd had this book years ago! 28 Feb 2011
By Christy Crump - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have 25 years experience as an administrative professional, and I wish I'd had this book all those years to help me deal with my bosses more efficiently and effectively. I was able to assign at least one of my bosses from my 25 years to each category. This book is well written and easy to read. I marked several pages to share with friends, and I will recommend it in my Crump & Associates training sessions for employees who are having difficulty dealing with their bosses. Thank you, Gonzague Dufour, for a helpful tool.
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