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Was Your Boss Raised by Wolves?

Book Description

Was your boss raised by wolves? You know, that guy you live with every day who snarls and snaps at you? The one who goes out of his way to continually establish his dominance and protect his turf? The answer for most of us is probably “yes.” How do you survive such a carnivore? How do you tame a wolf and avoid being gobbled-up in the organizational food chain?

Was Your Boss Raised By Wolves? Surviving the Organizational Food Chain shows you how to avoid falling victim to the wolf pack, how to read the organizational signs of territoriality, how to avoid a p**sing contest with your boss (otherwise, you will invariably be the one to get wet), how to tame the wolf by influencing his/her managerial style, and how to better position and market yourself.

Key topics include:

• Was Your Boss Raised by Wolves?–Top ten signs that your boss was raised by wolves; understanding and shaping your boss’ behavior; taming the wolf manager index

• Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?–Bad experiences with bosses; coping with bad bosses

• Working with the Wolf–Why your boss wants you to manage her; practicing organizational jiu jitsui; developing a mutually dependent win-win relationship

• Taming the Wolf–Managing upward by helping your boss manage you; how to be proactive in dealing with and managing your boss

• Reading the Alpha Wolf–How to avoid the year-end “gotcha” performance appraisal; five steps to help you survive any performance appraisal

• Learn from the Wolf–Teach your boss how to be your career coach; how to develop your own advisory board

• Be the Wolf–Darwinian survival of the fittest; how to invest in your most valuable asset—you

• The Wolf Hunts for New Opportunities–Cultivating your reputation; developing and maintaining contacts; hunting for new opportunities

Gerald Groe received his Ph.D. in organizational psychology from Columbia University. He was Vice President of International Human Resources for American Express and a former partner with a top six executive search firm. Presently he is a consultant with a variety of Fortune 500 firms and an Adjunct Professor of Organizational Design, Development and Change at the University of Tampa. He lives in the Sarasota, FL area