The greatest achievements are often attained from simple lessons. Success need not be complicated. With that in mind Jeffrey J. Fox has created a short yet powerful management manual titled: How to Become a Great Boss: The Rules for Getting and Keeping the Best Employees.
Fox divides his wisdom into fifty short chapters, which are a combination of vignettes, slaps on the wrist, and motivational speeches. The "boss lessons" are from respected managers offering several perspectives and ideas. Catchy chapter titles include: "Groom 'Em, or Broom 'Em," "Don't Hire a Dog and Bark Yourself," and "Listen to Phonies, Fools and Frauds."
How to Become a Great Boss doesn't do into depth on any single issue. Rather, it helps you pinpoint weaknesses so you know where you need to improve and, if needed, can find further help to do so.
The biggest plus of this book is the informal, yet direct tone in which it is written. The advice is presented on a managerial level, without talking down to the audience. Fox stresses the importance of being a manager instead of a subordinate buddy. At the same time, the author pops the egotistical balloons that inflate the heads of some bosses.
The lessons in this book are easy to incorporate in any personal managerial style. They're so easy, in fact, that they could be forgotten. Perhaps it's best to read this book every quarter as a refresher course.
You don't have to be an executive to benefit from this handy business tool. Learning how to succeed at the top will make your climb up the ladder that much easier.
Reading How to Become a Great Boss will conjure vivid memories of past and present employers. You'll fighting the urge to send this book, complete with the appropriate sections highlighted, to every bad boss you've ever had. There's an endless laundry list of people who could benefit from a little managerial wake-up call.
Tons of business books claim to have the solutions for happy employees and better productivity. Fox isn't out to create the perfect boss; he just provides practical formulas that have worked in the past for other executives. There's more to success than just moving cheese. Understanding that and reading the words of Jeffrey Fox will teach you How to Become a Great Boss, too.