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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (57 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linda A. Hill, Kent L. Lineback Narrator: Erik Synnestvedt Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9781596599529
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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.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] modern classic.”

    Financial Times

  • “It’s a well-presented title that should prove especially useful for those assuming management positions for the first time.”

    Irish Times

  • “This book can well serve both beginning and experienced managers as a guide for their own continued development. It is engaging to read, asks the right questions, and incorporates a compendium of the best research on leadership.”

    Graziadio Business Report

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen Acton | 7/17/2013

    " A good book for new supervisors/ managers. Not a lot of new information for someone who has experience managing. However, since the text is the result of studies - it is good validation of what may have only been intuition for some. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd Fonseca | 9/21/2012

    " Good book for first time managers. For those who have done this for a while, not quite as useful. However, section 2 - managing your network - is really the best section of this book IMHO. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alissa | 7/7/2012

    " Lots of practical advice and tips for implementation. Sections are short and bolded so easy to skim as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug Della pietra | 4/2/2012

    " "Excellent book! Theoretical guidance and questions for self-assessing how one manages oneself, one's network and one's team." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 2/22/2012

    " While I liked what this book taught, I could've completely done without the cheesy stories at the beginning of each section. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 E | 11/24/2011

    " Helpful in outlining necessities for good management. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sydney | 11/13/2011

    " I think that this book was able to give very tangible and concrete examples of how to improve ones management abilities. Really helpful! "

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About the Author

Linda A. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of business administration at Harvard Business School and faculty chair of the Leadership Initiative. She is the author of Becoming a Manager and coauthor, with Kent Lineback, of Being the Boss. She was named by Thinkers50 as one of the top ten management thinkers in the world.

About the Narrator

Erik Synnestvedt has recorded nearly two hundred audiobooks for trade publishers as well as for the Library of Congress Talking Books for the Blind program. They include The Day We Found the Universe by Marcia Bartusiak, A Game as Old as Empire edited by Steven Hiatt, and Twitter Power by Joel Comm.