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:
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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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
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.
Just that the voice really annoyed me.
I assume the remaining 2/3rds of the book are good. But if I have to hear another sentence from this narrator, I will jump out of the window.
The narration was so annoying that I am returning the book.
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.
Yes, the information is great.
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.
Probably, there are many ways it could be expounded upon.
"Useful, Practical Content"
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.
For me, the most important insight is the articulation that being an effective Boss requires the person to actively manage three components.
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.
"Great book, not great narrator"
The content is great, but the narration made it tough to get through.
Someone not trying so hard.
"Great content, horrible narration!"
No, Not with the current narrator. It was almost like the man version of Siri... Very distracting to the content
Yes, overall the content is on point but definitely needs an upgrade in the narration
"Good content, horrible narration"
I would read the book, but never listen to this narrator again.
No, the content was excellent.
He is the worst narrator I have ever heard. I will never buy a book read by him again.
"Great leadership book: summarizes Harvard's best"
Very good examples, structure, and more than enything CONTENT!
No, can be listened in parts.
GREAT READ for all managers... MUST READ for new managers.
"The Narration is a Headace"
I don't know about the rest of the listeners, but for me narration of such a wonderful book by a pause machine has killed the joy of listening to it.
I was excited to find a book I need to read for work on Audible. It was so disappointing to find that the narration is so painful. This narrator comes across as pretentious and unnatural. I would prefer someone to read this in a conversational tone. I'm forced to read the book because the stilted narration is so distracting that I can't retain the material.
"Great content, really annoying narrator"
For this particular topic top in terms of content
The book is well organized into sections. It flows well from topic to another. Some things may seem obvious but are often missed or ignored. It discusses the common pitfalls of managing others and dealing with a large organization.
The narrator is awful. He sounds like a teenage valley girl. Absolutley the worst and most annoying narrator.
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