Great news, I'm the boss! I consider that a sacred responsibility. I'm going to make sure everything goes well around here. I'm going to help you get a bunch of work done very well, very fast, all day long. I'm going to set you up for success every step of the way. When you need something, I'm going to help you find it. When you want something, I'm going to help you earn it". Bruce Tulgan, P. 186 It's Ok to be the Boss.
In his recent best-selling book, IT'S OKAY TO BE THE BOSS, Bruce Tulgan puts his finger on the biggest problem in the workplace today--an undermanagement epidemic affecting managers at all levels of the organization and in all industries--and offers another way. His clear, step-by-step guide to becoming the strong manager employees need challenges bosses everywhere to: spell out expectations, tell employees exactly what to do and how to do it, monitor and measure performance constantly, correct failure quickly and reward success even more quickly. That's how you set employees up for success and help them earn what they need.
Here is a gem of a book! It's Ok To be the Boss, It was given to me after the Rhode Island Toastmasters Leadership Institute we had at Salve Regina by my Area G4 Goveror, Jan Wheeler. Jan has a signed copy by Bruce Tulgan who was our 2009 Toastmasters International Convention Golden Gavel awardee.
I really liked Bruce's energy and enthusiasm when he accepted his Golden Gavel award. I also enjoyed reading his book and am planning on using the advice he shares in It's Ok to be the Boss! (thank you Jan!).
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Do you feel you don't have enough time to manage your people?
Do you avoid interacting with some employees because you hate the dreaded confrontations that often follow?
Do you have some great employees you really cannot afford to lose?
Do you secretly wish you could be more in control but don't know where to start?
Managing people is harder and more high-pressure today than ever before. There's no room for downtime, waste, or inefficiency. You have to do more with less. And employees have become high maintenance. Not only are they more likely to disagree openly and push back, but they also won't work hard for vague promises of long-term rewards. They look to you—their immediate boss—to help them get what they need and want at work.
How do you tackle this huge management challenge? If you are like most managers, you take a hands-off approach. You "empower" employees by leaving them alone, unless they really need you. After all, you don't want to "micromanage" them and don't have the time to hold every employee's hand. Of course, problems always come up and often snowball into bigger problems. In fact, you probably spend too much of your time solving problems and falling behind on your 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 finger on the biggest problem in corporate America—an undermanagement epidemic affecting managers at all levels of the organization and in all industries—and offers another way. His clear, step-by-step guide to becoming the strong manager employees need challenges bosses everywhere to spell out expectations, tell employees exactly what to do and how to do it, monitor and measure performance constantly, and correct failure quickly and reward success even more quickly. Now that's how you set employees up for success and help them earn what they need. Tulgan opens our eyes to the undisciplined workplace that is overwhelming managers and frustrating workers and invites bosses everywhere to accept the sacred responsibility of managing people. His message: It's okay to be the boss. Be a great one!
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It’s Okay To Be the Boss: The Step-By-Step Guide to Becoming the Manager Your Employees Need, by Bruce Tulgan
GOLDEN GAVEL AWARD
Toastmasters' most prestigious award, the Golden Gavel, is presented once a year to an individual who represents excellence in the fields of communication and leadership and is a non Toastmaster. Since 1959, this award has been presented every August at the organization's International Convention, and it is a highlight for many Convention attendees to hear a speech given by the year's Golden Gavel recipient.
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