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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (453 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert I. Sutton Narrator: Bob Walter Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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If you are a boss who yearns to do great work, and inspire others to do the same, what can you do about it? Good Boss, Bad Boss is devoted to answering that question. Stanford professor Robert Sutton weaves together the best psychological and management research with compelling stories and cases to reveal the mindset and moves of the best—and worst—bosses.

This book was inspired by the deluge of emails, research, phone calls, and conversations Dr. Sutton experienced after publishing his blockbuster bestseller The No Asshole Rule. He realized that most of these stories and studies swirled around a central figure in every workplace: the boss. These heartbreaking, inspiring, and sometimes funny stories taught Sutton that most bosses and their followers wanted a lot more than just a jerk-free workplace. They aspired to become, or work for, an all-around great boss, somebody with the skill and grit to inspire superior work, commitment, and dignity among their charges.

As Dr. Sutton digs into the nitty-gritty of what the best—and worst—bosses do, a theme emerges that is a hallmark of great bosses: they work doggedly to “stay in tune” with how their followers—and superiors, peers, and customers—react to what they say and do. The best bosses are acutely aware that their success depends on having the self-awareness to control their moods and moves, to accurately interpret their impact on others, and to make adjustments on the fly that continuously spark effort, dignity, and pride among their people.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Good Boss, Bad Boss teaches the art and the science of practical leadership for the twenty-first century. I would consider it a must-read for anyone looking to improve their impact and accelerate their desired outcomes.” 

    Brad Smith, CEO of Intuit 

  • “Using real-life examples and insight gleaned from thirty years of experience as a manager, Sutton teaches his readers to become the boss employees enthusiastically want to work for. This entertaining, satisfying guide is a wakeup call for bosses everywhere—and a survival guide for those who work for them.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Walter makes Sutton’s no-nonsense views and straight-from-the-hip wording flow naturally. His delivery of the stories and studies that support Sutton’s discussion of bosses good and bad is flawless.” 


  • “Sutton convincingly illustrates the need for education and change and stresses that leaders should keep one question in mind: ‘I wonder, dear bosses, what would your people say about you?’” 


  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michele | 2/9/2014

    " This is more than just "another leadership book." In his blog and books, Bob Sutton describes some of the behaviors and patterns that can build a strong organization -- or undermine one. This is a quick read, with good takeaway value. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Peter Kahn | 1/28/2014

    " A must read. Solid evidence and techniques. Sutton's "No %&%$$# Rule" book was great and this builds on it providing insights and lessons from the good, the bad and the ugly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Caro | 1/4/2014

    " Nothing unusual here, but it's always good to be reminded of the basics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tricia | 12/23/2013

    " Pretty sure that bosses who need to read this aren't the ones picking it up...but this book from the author of "The No Asshole Rule" shares examples of what to do and what not to do as a manager. Entertaining and inspirational for both beginning and seasoned supervisors. "

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