Here is a description from Publisher’s Weekly:
Want to be a better boss? Unaware that you're a terrible one? Robert Sutton (The No Asshole Rule) is here to help. The cost of callous and cruel superiors is considerable: employees with an abusive boss are more likely to work slowly, make deliberate errors, and even suffer heart attacks. With examples from such diverse workplaces as Pixar and Anchor Steam brewery, Sutton reveals how the best bosses take diverse and intertwined steps to create effective and humane workplaces, and offers tips on taking control, getting and giving credit appropriately, taking responsibility, staying in tune with employees, and squelching your potential inner jerk. Using real-life examples and insight gleaned from 30 years of experience as a manager, Sutton teaches his readers to become the boss employees enthusiastically want to work for. This entertaining, satisfying guide is a wakeup call for bosses everywhere--and a survival guide for those who work for them.Here are twelve behaviors that Sutton says can distinguish good bosses from bad ones:
As a student studying Human Resources I found this to be a very insightful read that mirrored many of the ideas that have been discussed in the classroom. I love that Sutton provides many great examples of horror stories that can show you the real effect that having or even being a bad boss can have on not only the people who work for you but the organization as a whole.
Backing these stories with actual studies that have been conducted by various educational and public institutions, Good Boss Bad Boss is not afraid to get down to the nitty gritty of the darker side of organizations.
I was quite shocked by the examples of Bad Bosses that Sutton provides in his book. From a partner loudly discussing the termination of numerous employees on a crowded New York City Subway to a boss who used waterboarding as a method of increasing motivation amongst a sales team, it’s hard to believe that these things actually happen. The good news is that there is ways to change a bad boss into a good one and Sutton gives great advice on techniques to make a bad boss see the error of his actions.
I would definitely suggest this book to anyone who has a bad boss or even if you are a boss yourself in order to see if you really qualify as a bad boss.
Thanks to the lovely people over at Hachette Book Group for providing me with a review copy!