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A practical, entertaining handbook for people who never expected to be bosses. Plenty of managers never asked, expected, or trained to be put in charge of other people. But when it happens, these accidental bosses often find that learning to manage is like learning to swim by being dropped into the deep end of the pool. Hank Gilman knows what that's like. As a top editor for Fortune, Newsweek, and the Boston Globe, he has helped nurture some outstanding talent. His success can be attributed largely to his management style, which allows him to treat his employees like, well, humans, while holding them accountable. But he was far from a natural when it was time to take charge. Gilman shares the lessons he's learned-through trial and error-during his two decades as a manager in one of the craziest businesses on the planet. Writing in a warm but no-nonsense voice, he offers straight-up advice on the ins and outs of hiring, firing, motivating, and dealing with cranky superstars. Gilman argues that your employees should always come first-and that managing down, as opposed to managing up, will ultimately lead to a successful career as a boss.

©2011 Hank Gilman (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp

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“Hank Gilman has been on the job for more than two decades. It’s rare to find such an insightful leader who take the time to reflect on what has worked, and hasn’t worked, throughout his career. This audio book is not only entertaining but a must-hear.” (Ram Charan, Fortune 500 CEO consultant and best-selling coauthor of The Talent Masters with Bill Conaty)

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  • valarie
  • 03-04-14

Lots of storytelling but no applicable information

Would you try another book from Hank Gilman and/or Don Hagen?

Not sure, I felt like Hank writes about what he knows which is publishing and I personally didnt love Don's narration style.

What do you think your next listen will be?

The Strangest Secret

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Don Hagen?

Someone less mono tone

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

There was some humor.