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Building a Partnership with Your Boss (Take-charge Assistant) Paperback – 27 Jun 2012

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  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Amacom (27 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814470130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814470138
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.7 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,547,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

JERRY WISINSKI (San Antonio, TX) is a consultant with expertise in interpersonal skills, assertiveness training, and team building. He served as Executive Director of International Trainers, Educators, and Consultants at Trinity University, and is the author of "Resolving Conflicts on the Job" (AMACOM).

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This book is unique in that it is a step-by-step guide for a secretary to initiate and implement a business partnership model with his or her boss. The four stages of the partnership model are, tell, explain, consult, and empower. Wisinski explains each stage in detail including when the partnership model needs to be set aside for a particular project or task.
The book is full of helpful questionnaires that guide you through analyzing your boss, your work place culture and your own strengths. Wisinski says, "Work values carry with them unstated expectations of others; that is, unconsciously, we expect others to see things the way we see them. More specifically, your boss probably expects you to understand and act in accordance with his or her values."
However, knowing your bosses work style may not be that easy to figure out. Wisinski provides six questions that help isolate your bosses 'unstated expectations.' So what do you do with the results? "Ask yourself the critical question: Where are you willing to adapt your work values to fit the values your boss has without losing your individual sense of self?"
"Persuading and Influencing Your Boss" is one of the best chapters in the book. Wisinski says, "Think of persuading and influencing as a negotiation process." The chapter explains how to prepare for the discussion, present your idea, ask for a reaction, ask questions, identify areas of common agreement, develop alternatives and determine an action plan.
The last chapter may be worth the price of the book, "Managing Conflict With Your Boss (and Others). Wisinski identifies five methods of managing conflict and then explains which one to use depending on the conflict and the personalities involved.
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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars 14 reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Probably helpful for some, just not me. 22 July 2015
By Jackie Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very good book for someone new to an assistant's position and, I feel, very good for someone who has a boss that's new to having their own assistant. For me, my boss has had assistants for many years and many of the suggestions in this book just won't work for my situation. You would also need a boss that's willing to look at you as a partner. I've been doing administrative work for over 25 years and I haven't had many bosses that I think would be open to some of this. But, I do think if you are working with someone who hasn't needed an assistant or is new to a managerial position that requires the help of an assistant, you and they would benefit greatly from some of the information in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential to Partnering with Your Manager 27 July 2002
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This book is outstanding. I highly recommend it if you want to take your working relationship with your manager up to the next level. If you think you're working relationship is great now, this book can make it even better. I liked the way the author lists the steps in preparing this concept to your manager. It was easy to follow and really makes you put a good deal of careful thought in the preparation process. I also liked the idea of action items not just for the assistant, but for the manager too. Remember a good working relationship involves both assistants and managers. Just working through this process together improves the relationship. Luckily, my boss endored it!
4.0 out of 5 stars Building a Partnership with your Boxx 20 Jan. 2014
By Terry R. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a good read on how to work with different personalities and work styles with various supervisors. It is helpful so one can adjust in any work environment.
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book 22 Dec. 2010
By Marine mom pgh - Published on Amazon.com
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My plan to use this book is to provide training for our office managers. We have about 40 offices with program managers that have office managers. The book is written has concrete ideas about how to engage bosses. I would highly recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful 5 April 2013
By LEC - Published on Amazon.com
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I gained some good tips and ideas. Common sense stuff that we just don't think of most of the time.
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