Managing Up

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Build a Partnership with Your Boss That Will Make You Both Successful

I think there should be a Dewey number for books I like to classify as “Never going to happen.” These include books about parenting teens, making meetings more worthwhile, understanding your (insert anything from pets or a family member to your cell phone agreement.) Books about how to manage your boss fits right into this category.

Having been a working person since the mid-1970s, and a nerd for business and management books, I feel confident saying that every workplace has some type of dysfunction. Put two or more people on a task and there will be some kind of friction. Humans are problematic like that. This book is probably a good fit for someone new to the world of work, but it is still out of date. Pet peeve: like career books, HR and management advice changes frequently and should be updated regularly!

For real solid advice about a work situation or management issue, I would turn to my favorite work-life blog, Ask a Manager, authored by Alison Green.  (Librarians: regardless of your role in a library, this blog can be a sanity saver! Someone really needs to book her for a library conference.)

In a meeting,


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assessing yourself


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  1. At first I thought it was a book I really enjoyed, How to Manage Management, by William E. Perry. Out of print, I do believe, but it’s available through If you’re a fan of Dilbert or The Office you’ll love this.

  2. I second the recommendation to Ask A Manager. I have used her advice many times in the year or so I’ve been reading her blog and find it (and frequently the commenters’ additions) to be invaluable. Coincidentally, I just clicked over here from that blog so it was funny to see it mentioned in the first entry I read!

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