Ask a Manager

How to Navigate Clueless Colleagues, Lunch-Stealing Bosses, and the Rest of Your Life at Work
Narrated by: Alison Green
Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
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From the creator of the popular website Ask a Manager and New York's work-advice columnist comes a witty, practical guide to 200 difficult professional conversations - featuring all-new advice!  

There's a reason Alison Green has been called "the Dear Abby of the work world". Ten years as a workplace-advice columnist have taught her that people avoid awkward conversations in the office because they simply don't know what to say. Thankfully, Green does - and in this incredibly helpful book, she tackles the tough discussions you may need to have during your career. You'll learn what to say when:

  • Coworkers push their work on you - then take credit for it
  • You accidentally trash-talk someone in an email then hit "reply all"
  • You're being micromanaged - or not being managed at all
  • You catch a colleague in a lie
  • Your boss seems unhappy with your work
  • Your cubemate's loud speakerphone is making you homicidal
  • You got drunk at the holiday party

Praise for Ask a Manager:

"Ask a Manager is the ultimate playbook for navigating the traditional workforce in a diplomatic but firm way.” (Erin Lowry, author of Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together)

©2018 Alison Green (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"A must-read for anyone who works... [Alison Green’s] advice boils down to the idea that you should be professional (even when others are not) and that communicating in a straightforward manner with candor and kindness will get you far, no matter where you work.” (Booklist)  

"The author’s friendly, warm, no-nonsense writing is a pleasure to read, and her advice can be widely applied to relationships in all areas of readers’ lives. Ideal for anyone new to the job market or new to management, or anyone hoping to improve their work experience." (Library Journal

"I am a huge fan of Alison Green’s Ask a Manager column. This book is even better. It teaches us how to deal with many of the most vexing big and little problems in our workplaces - and to do so with grace, confidence, and a sense of humor." (Robert Sutton, Stanford professor and author of The No Asshole Rule and The Asshole Survival Guide

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Perfect Recipes for any Workplace Scenario

I loved how she used specific workplace scenarios and gave several examples of how to deal with them. Many workplace books and podcasts give general principles, but it can be difficult to come up with the specific words to deal with those scenarios in real life. This book was so practical and I would recommend to anyone who wants to act with more kindness and candor in their professional lives.

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A book everyone should own

This is one of those books that I would recommend to just about everyone. Why? Because it has very simple rules for communicating with other people. It makes communicating in a professional yet compassionate and truthful way straightforward and easy to understand. It is not always easy to do, but Alison Green does a wonderful job making it as easy as possible. Long ago, a previous employer offered a few short classes that dealt with many of these same topics. We will likely face many of these scenarios whether in our personal or professional lives at some point, so it is best to have the tools and this handy reference as a guide. Alison does a great job of including the extreme cases to keep the book light and humorous. She also has a website that is a great companion to this book.