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Managing Up: How to Forge an Effective Relationship with Those Above You
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Everyone has a boss. And anyone who has aspired to move up the corporate ladder knows that their relationship with those they report to is crucial. In Managing Up Rosanne Badowski offers a straightforward, entertaining, no-holds-barred account of what it takes to make your relationship with your boss work to your advantage, no matter where you stand in the corporate hierarchy.
Told through rich, colorful anecdotes about her years spent working with one of the smartest, most demanding and dynamic business leaders of the twentieth century, legendary GE CEO Jack Welch, Badowski reveals the secrets to career success she has gleaned over the years. At heart, it’s about working with the person above you to create a productive and effective partnership.
Everyone is a manager, in one way or another, Badowski points out. She discusses first-hand what it’s like to have to be a mind reader, to anticipate the future, to plan for the unexpected, and to perform the impossible. With refreshing candor and a hint of attitude, Badowski’s advice is unlike any other. She advises us that “Impatience is a virtue,” to “Have no shame,” and to “Beware the too-quiet office.” Having worked in one of the most challenging, high-profile corporate environments anywhere, no one knows more about prioritizing, about making decisions on behalf of your boss, about sifting through a daily barrage of data and information, about multitasking at warp speed, and exhibiting grace under fire. Ultimately, Badowski says, excelling at what you do is about a shared passion for the job.
Managing Up is an invaluable guide for managing your career and juggling responsibilities with finesse and confidence. It should become a management bible for anyone hoping to get ahead in their profession.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-206) and index.
After years of working side-by-side with legendary GECEO Jack Welch, Badowski has learned that the secret to career success doesn't lie in working for your boss — it lies in working with your boss, in creating a productive and creative partnership.
Sharing rich, colorful anecdotes and stories about her years spent working with one of the smartest, most demanding and dynamic business leaders of the twentieth century, Badowski knows firsthand that sometimes you are expected to be a mind-reader and to anticipate the future, and she offers expert advice on how to achieve this seemingly impossible task. She discusses the fact that everyone is a manager, in one way or another. She talks about prioritizing, about making decisions on behalf of your boss, about sifting through a daily barrage of data and information, about multitasking at warp speed and exhibiting grace under fire. And, Badowski says, to forge a successful collaborative relationship with your boss, it's essential that you share a passion for the job. This book provides invaluable suggestions on managing your career and responsibilities with finesse and confidence.
Featuring an introduction by Jack Welch, "Managing Up" is destined to become a management bible for anyone hoping to get ahead in their profession.
About the Author
ROSANNE BADOWSKI has worked with former GE CEO Jack Welch for thirteen years. Prior to becoming Welch’s executive assistant, she spent twelve years in administrative positions in international human resources, executive management, and organization planning at GE. She lives in Easton, Connecticut.
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