Good Boss, Bad Boss

Good Boss, Bad Boss

How to Be the Best-- and Learn From the Worst

Book - 2010
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Draws on real-life case studies and psychological research to explain what differentiates a good boss from a bad boss and explains what the best bosses do correctly.
Publisher: New York : Business Plus, 2010
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780446556088
Branch Call Number: 658.409 Su878G 2010
Characteristics: viii, 308 pages ; 22 cm


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Dale A Youngman
Jun 05, 2015

Good insights on self-awareness and treating others with dignity and respect. Paragraphs are annoyingly long but good content and examples.

Mar 23, 2012

Never met any of the bosses he projects as destroyers, but liked his one reference of how one fellow actually had the cojones to approach his boss and tell his to his face. Maybe more should face their rubicon. Good read, lots of examples. Lucky me have met some good people as bosses; and lucky me to have treated those managed well.
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Nov 16, 2011

Bob Sutton has again written a very practical, human book about how to be a better manager. He gives many real-world examples of both how bad managers can hurt their companies and how good managers can help. He demonstrates, among many other things, that there is a price to be paid for allowing a toxic work environment to fester. He provides a list to enable readers to test whether they themselves have more traits of a good or a bad boss.

While the focus of this book is on the private sector, Sutton's work also applies to the public sector. Ottawa would be a much happier and productive city if more people in government read his work. A must-read if you work in any large organization. Sutton supplements the book on his blog, , which includes links to videos of him giving talks based on themes taken from his books.

Aug 09, 2011

Not a bad book on bosses / leadership. Written in a very light, readable style and not at all academic, although there are lots of references to relevant research. You should check out the scales derived from his books, that you can easily find online. The "Boss Reality Assessment Survey System (BRASS)" and "Asshole Rating Self-Exam (ARSE)" - very clever!


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