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Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader | [Linda A. Hill, Kent L. Lineback]

Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader

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. 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.
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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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    Bas Istanbul, Turkey 02-20-12
    Bas Istanbul, Turkey 02-20-12
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    "Very usefull"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Being the Boss to be better than the print version?

    no


    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eric J. Martin Lafayette, CO, United States 02-02-12
    Eric J. Martin Lafayette, CO, United States 02-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book, not great narrator"
    Where does Being the Boss rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The content is great, but the narration made it tough to get through.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Erik Synnestvedt?

    Someone not trying so hard.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marcio Sao Paulo, Brazil 12-12-11
    Marcio Sao Paulo, Brazil 12-12-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Great leadership book: summarizes Harvard's best"
    What made the experience of listening to Being the Boss the most enjoyable?

    Very good examples, structure, and more than enything CONTENT!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, can be listened in parts.


    Any additional comments?

    GREAT READ for all managers... MUST READ for new managers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LizzToon 06-12-14
    LizzToon 06-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, I bought this because it's assigned reading for a class and I thought it would save me some time. I could listen while I ran or drove, but the performance is so bad I chose to just read it instead.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Linda A. Hill and Kent L. Lineback ? Why or why not?

    Yes, the information is great.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It's a book about management. The narrator should be able to say the word management. The cadence and inflection were also just totally off. The reading was irksome.


    Do you think Being the Boss needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Probably, there are many ways it could be expounded upon.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vinay Voorburg, Netherlands 03-27-13
    Vinay Voorburg, Netherlands 03-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Useful, Practical Content"
    What made the experience of listening to Being the Boss the most enjoyable?

    The content is very good. It will assist managers/leaders to consciously be aware of various components that they need to keep in mind while leading teams.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Being the Boss?

    For me, the most important insight is the articulation that being an effective Boss requires the person to actively manage three components.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration is below average. I might be harsh here but the narrator really is annoying with his weird ending to each phrase/sentence. It is just irritating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    P. Chandler Glen Allen, VA United States 07-25-12
    P. Chandler Glen Allen, VA United States 07-25-12
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    "Good content, horrible narration"
    Would you listen to Being the Boss again? Why?

    I would read the book, but never listen to this narrator again.


    Has Being the Boss turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, the content was excellent.


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

    He is the worst narrator I have ever heard. I will never buy a book read by him again.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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