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Be the Boss Everyone Wants to Work For

A Guide for New Leaders
Narrated by: Tom Dheere
Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
Categories: Business, Career Skills
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Becoming a manager is one of the most stressful and challenging transitions in any career. Why do half or more new managers quickly flame out? They're working from an old script for success. The Center for Creative Leadership Senior Research Scientist William Gentry shows them how to flip that script.

As an individual, your script is about "me". It calls for you to keep your head down, work hard, do everything you are told to do and more, and outshine and relentlessly outperform everyone. But when you become a manager, everything about your job needs to change - your skillset, the nature of your work relationships, your understanding of what "work" is, how you see yourself and your organization. You have to operate from a brand new script, one that's about "we" - ensuring collective success. But very few managers get any kind of training for this new role, and even fewer are given any clue as to just how fundamental and far-reaching this change is.

Filled with practical advice and lessons, and backed by extensive research by Gentry and others, this book lays out the art, science, and practice behind learning and leading as a first time manager. Through first-hand accounts, stories, and other examples drawn from the experiences of first-time managers - including Gentry's own story of recently become a first-time manager himself - the book's practical, actionable content helps readers flip the old script, and write and live their new script.

©2016 William Gentry (P)2016 William Gentry

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Repetition repetition repetition.....& repetition

Almost half way through, admittedly, but I am struggling with this audio; the vocal delivery and equally the content. There is so much repetition it makes me wonder if the author ever paid for a professional editor or ever read it aloud to himself???? and if so, he should ask for his money back. He opens with a piece very reminiscent of Michael Gerbers recent E Myth Mastery audio and from there, much talk and repetition lacking in substantial information in between his 'talk' of all the research he has done. In my humble opinion, Michael Gerber and Brene Brown are the authorities on this topic. Above all, having information wrapped in a well-crafted narrative like Gerber and Brown do so well is FAR more effective in inspiring a reader /listener as opposed to being 'lectured' at.

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  • Marie P
  • 10-06-2019

OMG skim the book, skip this performance

I listened to this book on a road trip with my husband. We were both motivated to listen, as we're getting presented with managerial opportunities.
The book and performance was brutal. There are a few nuggets of actual information, but it's buried within repetition and annoying cliches. In a paperback you can skim ahead, with audio it's much more difficult. 5-10% content, 90% old man annoying.

I listened to this only because it was recommended by Brené Brown in Dare to Lead. I recommend the Radical Candor podcast (and perhaps book) for similar content in an easier to digest format.

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  • The Lovely Rod
  • 29-04-2017

Invaluable information for new and existing bosses

“Flip Your Script” is the most accurate subtitle for this excellent book for new managers and those seeking to improve their performance as a leader.

If there’s one fault – and there is only one – it is that Center for Creative Leadership Senior Research Scientist, William Gentry, stays too much on task, becoming far too repetitive in expressing his mantra at every opportunity. It was almost my lid that got flipped by the end.
Read with clarity and purpose by Tom Dheere, Be the Boss Everyone Wants to Work For is a quality resource that covers many vital workplace and leadership issues. Gentry claims that his findings are based on extensive research which includes researching almost 300 new leaders. He uses his own experiences to complement the research findings, with the outcome being this compilation and exploration of leadership.

Early in the piece, Gentry explains that, for the past decade in the USA, 82% of frontline or new leaders have not been rated as having excellent skills by those working under them. 80% of frontline leaders are not satisfied with the job they are doing and 70% of their bosses agree. These are frighteningly high negative statistics for people in positions of power in a workplace.

The reasoning is that employees are promoted for their expertise in a particular role, however people management has not been a part of that role. Almost 60% of new leaders receive no training despite having the biggest impact on productivity, morale and staff retention. No other skilled job puts staff into a role without the necessary skills, training or development.

The lessons in Be the Boss began for me in the audiobook’s jacket summary which provided the first ‘light bulb’ moment by talking about the need for leaders to change their mindset from ‘me’ to ‘we’. In task-orientated jobs, the focus is on our own work and deadlines but, for leaders, the focus is on their team and the organisation as a whole.

Gentry continues this thought in his well-planned book by examining topics such as communication – including non-verbal messages like body language and grooming; showing empathy; the emotional affect leaders can have on staff; different kinds of influencing skills; balancing friendships with your new role as their leader; treating everyone fairly instead of equally; different forms of motivation; and so much more.

Whether the lesson is on learning to delegate, giving effective feedback, or showing integrity, Gentry is articulate, clear and offers practical advice. Tom Dheere’s narration is inspirational and equally articulate.

Although running less than five hours, Be the Boss Everyone Wants to Work For is quite comprehensive and filled with ideas and discussions worth revisiting time and time again. There is a companion website given early in the audiobook to providing additional information and tools.

I review audiobooks regularly on my site at SaidNotRead dot wordpress dot com and I have covered a number of business and self-improvement titles. Check out my site for this and other reviews.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-05-2020

Be the Boss

I read it for Master's in Human Resources class. I thought that the book was informative. There was a lot of ways for a leader to take a look at their own Leadership style and identify if improvement is needed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-05-2020

Great concepts, but I wanted more depth

It was a good point to take home and learn. It was a little repetitive, which I understand helps drill it into our brains. But I could have handled more depth to the concept rather than repetition of the concept. Generally a good book, but I’m not wowed by the delivery.

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  • A reader
  • 30-01-2020

Repetitive, simplistic, inane

Chock full of obviousness and cliche, idiotic buzzwords. If the author wrote “flip the script” one more time... how did this get published / recorded?

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  • nasyoung
  • 28-09-2019

Great for new leaders

Short enough to listen in one or two days, even for busy leaders. I enjoy books without all the fluff and the author was straight to the point in this book.

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  • Kathryn M. Hartrick
  • 07-08-2019

Beware of False Promises

The book has a lot of practical advice for new leaders. It overuses the term, "flip your script." Most disappointing, however, the Audible version makes several references to supplemental materials on the CCL website. Also, in contrast to the best business books, there are not supplemental materials provided by the author for Audible. After I finished the book, as it recommended I went to the website. I could not locate the referenced supplemental materials so I inquired. The following is the response I received, "I wanted to follow up with you about your inquiry on the additional resources from the Be the Boss publication. Unfortunately the audio books may reference the additional resources, but in order to access the resources, you would need to purchase the hard copy or Digital copy." The cost for the digital copy is $19.95. This is disappointing.

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  • valim
  • 05-07-2019

Great ideas. Redundant tag line.

I thought the content was good although I am not a new leader so not the intended audience. What became distracting was the incessant use of flip your switch. Glad to have read it. Will recommend.

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  • Patrick White
  • 03-10-2017

Great Book

I would strongly recommend this book. It contains very practical advice that you can apply immediately.

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  • paul
  • 26-04-2017

A must for any Boss or prospective Boss

If you lead people , listen to this. Indispensable information artfully delivered by Tom Dheere. For me, Be the Boss Everyone Wants to Work For: A Guide for New Leaders was time well spent. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.