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Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  201 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Management guru Jill Geisler has coached countless men and women who want to build their leadership skills, help employees do their best work, and make workplaces happy and successful. In WORK HAPPY, she provides a practical, step-by-step guide, based on real-world experience, respected research, and lessons that will transform managers and their teams. It's a workshop-in- ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Center Street (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jul 05, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: work, nonfiction, 2015
I'm an ambivalent reader of books about management and work. Some of them don't pass the common sense test. Others are so common-sensical that you wonder why you're bothering. Only a few hit a sweet spot of seeming worthwhile and practicable and seeming like a hat you'd be willing to be seen wearing. I think this one is in that category. Some of the author's points are obvious but she offers ways of framing concepts so that you'd remember them and be more likely to apply them. I particularly lik ...more
Oct 19, 2012 Angie rated it it was amazing
Everyone should be lucky enough to have a boss like Jill in their lives. She's warm, perceptive, savvy & upbeat. I've been fortunate enough to benefit from her wisdom in various seminars and grateful to call her a friend. But if you can't meet her, I recommend this book. Her voice comes through as she dispenses practical advice. It's a must-read, no matter how long you've been a manager.
Dec 29, 2014 Tony rated it it was ok
If the title hadn't over-sold this book so much, I might have given it a better rating. It's not a particularly bad book, per se, and anyone who followed its advice would almost certainly become a better boss. I'm just not convinced that they'd become a great one. The treatment of many of the areas is remarkably shallow, and in most cases has been covered much better elsewhere. So, for example, whilst it's certainly welcome to see the book take a strong stance that good managers need to adjust t ...more
Jul 06, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing
One of the better books I've read on management & leadership. Geisler relays lots of very useful and very practical management tools, in a simple and easy-to-understand manner. Truthfully, a lot of this advice can be applied to every day living and in every stage of your life. Every person is a leader, in some way or another: either professionally and/or personally. So I would highly recommend this read to anyone who cares about making themselves better and about making others around you bet ...more
Apr 25, 2013 May-Ling rated it really liked it
Shelves: working-smart
i thought this was an excellent book to read in thinking about your management style and how to work with others. as a bit of a font snob, i certainly preferred a different type that wasn't so large and friendly, but perhaps that makes it feel more accessible as a business book.

my favorite highlights:

considering what employees never forget (the great!) and never forgive (mistakes)

being conscious that we all have evil twins in our personalities that we don't expect to come out. (mine is that when
Sep 14, 2012 Sharon rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. I really liked the informal, friendly tone of the book and it had a lot of helpful examples and suggestions. There were also some good questions and activities to get you thinking about how to be a good boss. The only reason it didn't get 5 stars from me is that it is a long book so it's hard to process it all and apply it all. I'm not sure how you solve that issue, but there isn't an easy schedule/sequential plan of action, so I think implementation will take a lot of organizing of y ...more
Randolph Breschini
Jul 21, 2015 Randolph Breschini rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I thoroughly enjoyed this book...A lot of good advice for managing 360 degrees. I recommend all managers/potential managers AND especially CEO's read this will enlighten you! I working happy?
Aug 12, 2015 Kait rated it it was amazing
A great book that provides great instruction on becoming a sincerely helpful and constructive manager whom all can respect. Starting with the building blocks or values that make up a fantastic manager and broadening out, the book is also packed with little workshops and self-evaluations that would be able to help those with the self-awareness and honesty to complete them. Managers most in need of this book would probably need some third-party help and the book "Triggers" to assist in the change ...more
Nov 23, 2014 Meganators rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, 2014
Watch out for your Evil Twin. :) Helpful, sound advice based on years of personal experience by the author, plus includes the results of research and studies.
May 16, 2016 Dallas rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I think it was one of the best management books I've read. She had the best concrete advice based on what appeared to be years of research, training and experience. I listened to the audio so now I think I'll go back and re-read the hardcopy so that I can take some of the quizzes and self-assessments.
Oct 08, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
A very Poynter Institute of Media Studies book, that is, very positive and encouraging with an emphasis on fun. I was lucky in that I got to intern there after I graduated from college. I'll never forget that place. This book is a good reminder that attitude matters. That goes for bosses as well as employees. (But the descriptions of the bad bosses brought back some frightening memories...yikes, I've had some BAD bosses.)
Jul 20, 2013 ToniS rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Very accessible, common sense concepts presented in a warm and encouraging way. In fact, the entire book is written in the voice of a dream boss. I think the key message of the book is that you can be effective, push your team to do great things and meet company goals, and not be a bitch at the same time. Empathize and watch out for jerks that are hurting your work environment, including yourself.
Jeremiah Graves
Dec 16, 2012 Jeremiah Graves rated it really liked it
Shelves: management, 2012
This one took some different approaches that most management books bypass and focused on ways to keep your staff happy and motivated rather than just on "how to manage" and I appreciated that angle. Still a lot of "common sense" stuff, but an entertaining read nonetheless.
Jan 02, 2015 Esther rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book should be a mandatory read for managers and it is even very helpful to me as a minion of current and past good and bad managers. The book is an easy read, jargon free and has great examples.
Dec 31, 2012 Eva rated it really liked it
This was a first read give away and I am glad that I registered for it and won. Anyone who is in a management position would benefit from reading and doing the exercises in this self help book.
May 09, 2013 Paula rated it it was amazing
Written by good friend and Poynter Institute colleague and therefore a must read. Podcasts have often lead iTunes. Straightforward and very useful guide for leaders.
Dec 27, 2012 Meagan rated it really liked it
I am enjoying this book. As a manager it makes me step back and look at myself how others may see me. I feel as though this will help me improve my skills.
Bob Mckinstry
Mar 17, 2013 Bob Mckinstry rated it really liked it
I've listened to Jill's iTunes U podcasts. This book nicely compiles all of her wisdom in a very accessible format. Highly recommended.
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Oct 09, 2013 Ebonee Younger SPHR rated it it was amazing
Fantastic for first time managers but also an excellent read for employees who may want to improve relations with their peers and manager.
Mihai Fecioru
Apr 05, 2013 Mihai Fecioru rated it liked it
A good review of common-sense information and ideas that can be found in other mng books.
Daza Craig
Aug 22, 2012 Daza Craig rated it really liked it
A lot to think about and some great info on dealing with all types of people.
Jul 26, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
Fantastic insights - must read for anyone who manages others.
Feb 07, 2013 Tim rated it really liked it
Really useful book. Manage people and who doesn't? Worth a read.
Kyle Geissler
May 29, 2013 Kyle Geissler rated it really liked it
Good ideas for being a good manager. I took away some ideas.
Wouter Bax
Feb 14, 2013 Wouter Bax rated it it was amazing
Very inspiring, written by one of the smartest persons I ever met.
Jim Duncan
Dec 11, 2013 Jim Duncan rated it it was amazing
great advice on multiple levels
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Jill Geisler heads the leadership and management faculty of the Poynter Institute. She's helped thousands of managers become better bosses -- and true leaders. Jill's "What Great Bosses Know" podcasts on iTunes U have been downloaded millions of times, according to Apple.

Jill joined the Poynter Institute after a lengthy first career in broadcast journalism, where she was among the country's first
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