Book descriptionThe boss/subordinate relationship is an age-old problem cited in almost every management book and on-the-job survey as an area rife with dishonesty and inefficiency. All too often, subordinates spin the truth for those above while bosses fail to establish the conditions required for subordinates to tell it to them straight. The end result is warped communication, corrupt internal politics, illusionary teamwork, pass-the-buck accountability, and personal dispiriting-and the company is always the big loser.
Don't Kill the Bosses! reveals the "trap" created when people fail to differentiate between the positives of hierarchical structure and the negatives of hierarchical relationships. Far from being opposed to hierarchy, the authors believe strongly that an accurate and cleanly defined organization chart is vital. But they show how to implement an alternative model of hierarchy: two-sided accountability. Drawing on case studies from their consulting practice, Culbert and Ullmen show how this new model leads to a freer flow of information, more creative problem-solving, and quicker response to changing conditions.
Unlike other books that acknowledge boss/subordinate relationships as a systematic, continuing problem and offer skill development suggestions for dealing with it, Don't Kill the Bosses! tells how to think about the problem in a way that will enable readers to understand the steps they need to take to change things. It diagnoses what's missing in boss/subordinate relationships, connects what's wrong with them to personal and organizational outcomes, and defines the whole new mentality required to make them work successfully.
Table of contents
- Cover Page
- Praise for Don’t Kill the Bosses!
- Title Page
- Copyright Page
- Introduction and Executive Summary: Why Not Kill the Bosses?!
- 1 Recognizing the Hierarchy Trap
- 2 The Core Problem Is One-Sided Accountability
- 3 Transformation 1: You’ve Got to Use What You Know about Human Nature
- 4 Transformation 2: Politics As Usual Won’t Get You There
- 5 You Need a Two-Sided Accountability Mind-Set
- 6 Team Effectiveness Requires It
- 7 Top Levels Need to Support It
- 8 Changing the Structure to Encourage It
- 9 What Don’t Kill the Bosses! Can Do for You: Who Benefits and How?
- About the Authors
- Berrett-Koehler Publishers
- Title: Don't Kill the Bosses!
- Release date: January 2001
- Publisher(s): Berrett-Koehler Publishers
- ISBN: 9781605098067
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