Do you avoid interacting with some employees because you hatethe dreaded confrontations that often follow?
Do you have some great employees you really cannot afford tolose?
Do you secretly wish you could be more in control but don’t knowwhere to start?
Managing people is harder and more high-pressure today than everbefore. There’s no room for downtime, waste, or inefficiency. Youhave to do more with less. And employees have become highmaintenance. Not only are they more likely to disagree openly andpush back, but they also won’t work hard for vague promises oflong-term rewards. They look to you—their immediateboss—to help them get what they need and want at work.
How do you tackle this huge management challenge? If you arelike most managers, you take a hands-off approach. You “empower”employees by leaving them alone, unless they really need you. Afterall, you don’t want to “micromanage” them and don’t have the timeto hold every employee’s hand. Of course, problems always come upand often snowball into bigger problems. In fact, you probablyspend too much of your time solving problems and falling behind onyour work . . . which leaves even less time for managing people . .. which opens the door for even more problems!
In It’s Okay to Be the Boss, Bruce Tulgan puts his fingeron the biggest problem in corporate America—anundermanagement epidemic affecting managers at all levels of theorganization and in all industries—and offers another way.His clear, step-by-step guide to becoming the strong manageremployees need challenges bosses everywhere to spell outexpectations, tell employees exactly what to do and how to do it,monitor and measure performance constantly, and correct failurequickly and reward success even more quickly. Now that’s how youset employees up for success and help them earn what they need.Tulgan opens our eyes to the undisciplined workplace that isoverwhelming managers and frustrating workers and invites bosseseverywhere to accept the sacred responsibility of managing people.His message: It’s okay to be the boss. Be a great one!