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“In the same way that we aren’t given a human operating manual to make sense of life, or a parenting manual at the birth of our kids, in our careers most of us are not blessed with a manager’s quick start manual as we transition to a leadership role. Gary Winters, in What Your Boss Never Told You, bridges this knowledge and experience gap with poignant anecdotes, razor sharp insights and actionable ways to jump start your career as well as that of your team, when leadership and management become mission critical. It includes just about everything you wanted to know but didn’t know how to ask with respect to getting started in management and includes some timeless gems for the seasoned manager as well.
“I wish somebody had shared these insights with me early in my career! This will be required reading for those I have the privilege and responsibility to mentor on the road ahead.”
Neville Billimoria, Senior Vice President and Chief Advocacy Officer, Mission Federal Credit Union
“Where was this book those many years ago at the start of my career? It would surely have eased some of the hard knocks I’ve had to endure. I am glad I found it and I especially loved the 2+2=4 example in Chapter Six. Gary Winters + What Your Boss Never Told You = a successful manager!”
Craig D. Bronzan, Director of Parks & Recreation, Brentwood, CA
“Gary Winters is the Yoda of management consultants. Reading What Your Boss Never Told You is like having a wise, experienced, and articulate guide by your side – offering you powerful, practical advice. Keep this little book within easy reach – so you can refer to it on a regular basis. The practices and principles he writes about will make you a better leader.”
Eric Klein, Principal, Dharma Consulting
“While reading What Your Boss Never Told You, I saw myself on nearly every page. I was either nodding my head in agreement or letting out a low hum as I though, “I wish I had thought of that when I had to supervise people.” This book will undoubtedly help new supervisors and managers, who as is so rightly pointed out, are never told the full length, width, and depth of their new positions.
“Let me add this is a book all managers and supervisors should read, whether they are new on the job or not.
“I believe that a person should leave at least three things as a legacy. One is a box of personal journals, the second is a gallery of photographs, and the third is a library of books. I want What Your Boss Never Told You to be part of my library when my descendants review the things that have had an influence on my career.”
David Royall, Retired Air Traffic Control Manager
“What a wonderful tool for any new manager, or any manager humble enough to admit that they might be rusty in a few areas! What Your Boss Never Told You is a quick and often humorous read that offers foundational tips and how-to’s to succeed as a manager at any level.”
June Dudas, Assistant Director, City of Poway, CA
“Gary provides wisdom in short, easy-to-digest bites. This is a must read for all new managers or anyone considering taking on a management role.”
Susan Gerke, Gerke Consulting and Development, Laguna Nigel, CA
“What Your Boss Never Told You is an excellent, concise book for new and not-so-new managers. I enjoyed reading the principles about “flowing up,” “flowing down,” and letting the team figure out how to do the work. There is a key section on moral values and leadership – good to see someone emphasize that openly.”
Donald W. Larson, San Marcos, CA
“Well, Gary is at it again. What ELSE Your Boss Never Told You is just as valuable as the rest of his collection of management books that have made me a better manager, and more importantly, a better person. His easy-to-read style and wonderful, relevant stories makes you feel that you are sitting right next to him exploring the art of management in person. A must read, again and again, if you want to be better today than yesterday.”
Craig Bronzan, Principal, Bronzan Consulting
“I think every student in the Masters program Engineering Management at Case Western Reserve University, where I worked for many years, should be presented with a copy of What ELSE Your Boss Never Told You along with their diploma. What ELSE Your Boss Never Told You is not a simple check-list or one-size-fits-all book. Rather, the author recognizes the uniqueness of each leader/manager and the nature of their mission and personnel. Like all good teachers, Winters is effective because he can hold your attention by connecting the material to the reader.”
Craig Virnelson, Kevley Technologies
“What ELSE your Boss Never Told You is a great addition to Winters’ collection of managerial books. Real-life examples of what to do and NOT to do (and those are the real things your boss never tells you). Winters intertwines practical ideas with interesting stories. A quick and easy read. Even someone like me, who has been managing for more than 15 years, learned a few new tricks!”
Tammy Hughes, CPC, CPPM
“What ELSE Your Boss Never Told You is a solid piece of work. The stories on the X Factor have a lot of punch. The chapter that focuses on the importance of being effective, not being “nicer” is worth the purchase just for itself. The piece on loyalty is spot on. This book is a terrific follow-up to What Your Boss Never Told You – but stands on its own quite well. Do yourself a favor – if you haven’t read the first book, get them both. For what you’d pay for a couple of cups of coffee, you won’t regret it.”
Robin Reid, Retired Organization Development Consultant
“I herd “cats and turtles” for a living. That is to say, I manage others: employees, contractors, and clients. Learning to do so effectively doesn’t come quickly – it takes experience, and much of that experience is often gained the hard way. What ELSE Your Boss Never Told You is a refreshing breath of truth about the real world – what works, what doesn’t, and why – for all the different types of people I manage. If you learn best, like I do, from stories, you’ll love this book. The conversational style and the abundance of real-life anecdotes make this a keeper.”
Timothy Lee, Construction Project Manager
“The best part of the Just In Time series of books is just that – they briefly, but thoroughly, cover a subject right when you need it – not months after a management seminar or buried in a thick book on management techniques. Can’t wait to see this series expand.”
Ron M, Phoenix
“I read Managing Friends and Former Peers on a 1-hour flight. The book is short, sweet, and jam-packed with tips and techniques to manage this potentially delicate dynamic.”
Sommer Kerhlie, Executive Director, The Centre for Organization Effectiveness, San Diego, California
“This book was extremely informative and right on point. I love how it tackles just one subject in a format that’s both easy to read and easy to apply. My only regret is that I didn’t have Managing Friends & Former Peers when I first began my transition from “friendco” to manager.”
Christina Schone, San Diego
“In Managing the Soon-to-Retire Employee, Craig Bronzan’s letter really got to me. Although I don’t know him, he must have had a very productive rewarding career. While it seemed that he really enjoyed his job and the people he worked with, going to the next phase of your life is scary – even if you have prepared for it. The highlight of the day shouldn’t be talking to the cashier at the store.
“I really enjoyed the book. It really gets into the complexities of dealing with and managing a “Sooner” as opposed to someone who is leaving in two weeks. This is a subject I don’t think has covered in management or leadership books. Hopefully it will grab the attention of a lot of managers.”
Michael Edwards, Las Vegas
“So – How Was Your Meeting? is loaded with tools and concrete suggestions. If you are serious about running a good meeting and creating an environment where people can influence each other, this is the book for you. The ’20 Suggestions’ on how to get people to speak up are worth the price of admission. It is a golden list and you will use it your entire career, regardless of how many meetings you run. This ebook is a gem.”
Trudy Sopp, Ph.D., Founder, The Centre for Organization Effectiveness, San Diego, California
“So, How Was Your Meeting? is great! I love the straightforward way it presents the information. It’s easy to ready, easy to access, and packed with lots of valuable tips.”
Robyn Taylor, Human Resources, San Diego County College District
Kathy Rippy, Principal, Energize Leadership
“Very easy to read and packed with good information!”
Ann Dillemuth, AICP, American Planning Association
“I loved So, How Was Your Meeting? It’s easy to read, completely on point, and it proved to me that effective meetings are actually possible. I know because I’ve begun using many of the tips in this book. They really work!”
Betsy Virnelson, Parish Nurse, Cleveland, Ohio