“Don’t Kill the Bosses! offers a valuable new approach to management philosophy. It makes one rethink traditional boss/employee relationships.”
—Glenda Grant, President, Hearst Entertainment
“When issuing directives and asserting myself I’ve always tried to think about the other person’s knowledge and experience. This book has provided additional sensitivity—most essentially, the importance of hiring people who know more than you and the structure that allows them to excel.”
—Paul Koplin, President, Venture Technologies Group, LLC
“Don’t Kill the Bosses! reveals a practical, sensible and inherently intuitive paradigm for the management of hierarchical relation- ships. It’s an easy read, well salted with real-life case studies, communicating a clear message to anyone who reports to someone or has someone reporting to them.”
—Gordon W. Perkin, M.D., Director, Global Health Program, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
“You will learn in this book that two-sided accountability leads to straight talk and better communications. Finally, a book with practical advice that managers can use day-to-day to get better results.”
—Philip J. Harkins, President and CEO, Linkage Inc.
“What the authors call ‘the obvious’ is a refreshing awareness of dealing with relationships both inside and outside the workplace. Two-sided accountability is the foundation for any successful organization, however, until now, there never has been such an insightful review of the concept. In short, this is an unforgettable book.”
—Donald L. Struminger, Chairman of the Board, Virginia Linen
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