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.
"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
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.
"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.
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--Terrible narrator"
Indispensable book on how to manage. Works great for new and experienced managers alike.
The book breaks down traits and behaviors that managers should develop--but that are difficult to self-evaluate--and then lays out a model for personal development.
The narrator, however... Geez. I just don't have anything positive to say about this guy. He treats every sentence as though it's a list, with unnaturally-long pauses at commas or other breaks, which completely destroys the kind of rhythmic cadence you'd normally get from better performers. He also ends every...single...sentence with this odd downward-turn in his pitch, that--honestly--sounds like he's deliberately trying to fake a snobbish "Ivy League" kind of accent.
And don't even get me started on how uncomfortable it is to listen to his character "voices".
Again, the book itself is great. It would be worth buying and studying the kindle/paperback/hardback version, just to have as a reference.
I just wish I could get my money back for having had to endure such an awful performance. Oh well.
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