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The Boss

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  16 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
The Boss is based on true stories gathered by the author over many years. The book tells a story about the impact of work on the human spirit.

Lauren Johnson is a talented marketing professional in her thirties who changes jobs to escape the torment of a horrid manager. But her dream job turns sour due to the erratic behaviour of the dysfunctional executive team. Lauren jus
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Published January 1st 2009 by Greenleaf Book Group, LLC
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PeterBlackCoach
Fascinating "novel" of the political machinations in a corporate setting drawing from a number of sources - Andrew O'Keeffe's deep corporate HR experience, his work found at www.hardwiredhumans.com.au and the concepts of the Human Synergistics leadership styles - Constructive, Aggressive/Defensive and Passive/Defensive. As I read the book, I wanted to be coaching many of the characters and running assessments over them - both the LSI from www.human-synergistics.com.au and the Hogan Assessments f ...more
Bob Selden
Aug 18, 2009 Bob Selden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Boss is a novel – and is also a novel way of learning about management and leadership. Author Andrew O’Keeffe has used his years of experience working with bosses and the stories he has been told about bosses, to pen this enlightening read. O’Keeffe has also used his vast knowledge of what makes people tick to ensure that there is a message in every chapter for anybody who wants to be a better boss or for someone who might need to manage their current boss better.

Told through the eyes of Lau
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Tiffany
Aug 04, 2010 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Lauren Johnson’s boss “Deadly-Di” crosses’ the line for the last time, Lauren starts her search for another job with a less poisonous boss. Once offered her dream job, Lauren couldn’t be anymore excited to resign and leave “Deadly-Di” behind. Thrilled to be working for Meg Montgomery, who comes highly recommended, Lauren accepts the position and joins Harlow Kane. Unfortunately her first day is full of surprises. Meg resigns and Lauren is left on her own with five top executive bosses, who ...more
Tiffany
Aug 04, 2010 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Lauren Johnson’s boss “Deadly-Di” crosses’ the line for the last time, Lauren starts her search for another job with a less poisonous boss. Once offered her dream job, Lauren couldn’t be anymore excited to resign and leave “Deadly-Di” behind. Thrilled to be working for Meg Montgomery, who comes highly recommended, Lauren accepts the position and joins Harlow Kane. Unfortunately her first day is full of surprises. Meg resigns and Lauren is left on her own with five top executive bosses, who ...more
Summer Kartchner Olsen
This book reads like a really long training manual, not a novel but it makes a lot of good points. As a novel I would give it 1 or 2 stars, but overall I felt it was worth reading and I could see where the author was going with it. Lots of cringe worthy moments and some good messages about how to watch out for yourself as an employee and how to (or more often how not to) be a good boss.
Darrick
This book had all the stereotypical office bureaucracy, back-stabbing, idea stealing, inflated egotism that you could cram in a book. However, it was an entertaining, and quick read. I found myself constantly frustrated by the idiocy of the variously levels of horrible bosses, but the decent characters in the book kept my head above water. The author, rather awkwardly, tied in many classic fables with each backstab, brag, and bullying event that took place in the book. The fables did adequately ...more
Juliet
Feb 20, 2010 Juliet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it has really hit quite close to home as I'm currently embroiled in a bullying incident at work with "the boss". Every example he's given in this book actually sounds quite familiar and it's true that the bosses portrayed in this book is quite the norm rather than an exception.
Allyvlee
Definitely comforting to read real life situations in a novel format but reads slightly like a cases from a business text book.
Sue Baker
Oct 26, 2012 Sue Baker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quirky; an enjoyable read for anyone who has ever worked in a corporate environment....
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Andrew O'Keeffe has been observing bosses for many years. He's worked for
bosses, and he's been a boss. As a senior human resources executive, Andrew has worked closely with a range of bosses in diverse companies over his career. He was employed by an IBM, Cable & Wireless Optus, Sinclair Knight Merz and Hewitt Associates. Early in his career, he worked in industrial relations in the mining and
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