PRAISE FOR MANAGING UP
"If you′ve ever left a job because of an unbearable boss, you′re not alone. But quitting isn′t your only recourse. If you follow the wise counsel of Mary Abbajay, you can learn how to ′manage your manager.′ Managing Up is full of savvy advice for improving your relationship with your boss and getting the most out of your job."
Daniel H. Pink, author of DRIVE and WHEN
"What makes Abbajay′s book stand out is its direct no–nonsense approach to managing up. It′s a virtual how–to book for working with any boss packed with specific ways to deal with different higher ups. A triumph of a book."
Alex Orfinger, Executive Vice President, American City Business Journals
"Managing Up is NOT a soft, passive approach to managing your career. It is a strong, proactive guide to understanding your boss and taking control of your own career path."
Michael Klein, Past Executive Vice President, MTV and Condé Nast Entertainment
"Abbajay offers fantastic tips and insight for all career stages every last word is a gem of career advice that will empower your approach to managing your career and your boss. A must read!"
Diana Echevarria, Director, Newman′s Own Foundation Fellowship Program
"Managing Up is a critical skill for career success and Mary Abbajay has written the definitive guide. Managing Up is full of practical advice and tips that will help you (and your boss!) succeed."
Steve Ressler, Founder, GovLoop.com
Abbajay, president and founder of Careerstone Group, a consulting firm specializing in corporate training and leadership development, here focuses on the art of managing your boss. The author contends that learning to manage your boss is the single most important thing you can do to take charge of your workplace life and the most significant soft skill you can learn to manage your career. ... VERDICT An insightful guide for decoding your boss with practical and proven strategies to maintain the relationship effectively.
Jane Scott, Clark Lib., Univ. of Portland, OR Library Journal
About the Author xiii
Chapter 1 Stop Complaining and StartWinning Managing Up Is the Key to Your Success 1
Chapter 2 Is Your Boss an Innie or Outie? 13
Chapter 3 The Innie 21
Chapter 4 The Outie 31
Chapter 5 Workplace Styles Assessing Your Boss s Workstyle Personality 39
Chapter 6 The Energizer 47
Chapter 7 The Advancer 55
Chapter 8 The Harmonizer 65
Chapter 9 The Evaluator 73
Chapter 10 Difficult Bosses 81
Chapter 11 The Micromanager 85
Chapter 12 The Hands–Off, Absentee, Ghost Boss 95
Chapter 13 The Narcissist 103
Chapter 14 The Impulsive Boss 113
Chapter 15 The Pushover 123
Chapter 16 The BFF Boss 131
Chapter 17 TheWorkaholic 141
Chapter 18 The Incompetent 151
Chapter 19 The Nitpickers and Seagulls 161
Chapter 20 The Truly Terrible Psycho Crazy Bully Tyrannical Screaming Egomaniacs 169
Chapter 21 It s Okay to Quit 185
Chapter 22 Bonus Tips 50Ways to Manage Your Manager 195