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How F*cked Up Is Your Management?: An uncomfortable conversation about modern leadership

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This book has swears. Any honest discussion of management today needs a few. And it's just what you'd expect from the creators of the internet famous blog, The Co-pour.

If you're trying to lead a group of people today, the bad news is that it's harder than ever. Your employees have impossible expectations of you, and your investors haven't operated a business in over twenty
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Paperback, 250 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Raw Signal Press
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Marta Kule
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Required reading for anyone in tech, manager or not. Super candid, backed up by evidence and the authors' professional experience. Straightforward about ugly topics: fear of asking about parental leave, firing people, dismissing candidates based on gender, facing your employees in a crisis, or dealing with staff telling you secrets you're legally obliged to report.

The books is mostly based on the authors' Medium blog, the co-pour, and my favourite chapters all happen to be online:
‣ how to ask fo
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Jakub
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lots of people might not agree with me, for me this book is solid 5 stars.

It talks about really important aspects not only of management abut also of being human. For sure there are people out there who "already know this stuff". For every "I know it" there are 10000 "i didn't know it."

However, you need to come to this book with open mind. Think before attacking.
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Sebastian Gebski
No starred review.

Why so? This book is very little on management, very much on diversity, especially very much about females in engineering. I am ALL for, up to the degree where I actually do set myself goals regarding women recruitment, etc., BUT I cannot stand some of attitudes & "narrations" represented by so-called Social Justice Warriors (can't tell whether this is a pejorative term these days or not ...). To be frank, I consider some of the people quoted & praised for their social activity
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Justas Grauzinis
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Quite interesting collection of thoughts. Not everything is that relevant to me personaly so I give it 3 stars. But I do see it being very usefull to others and getting better reviews. Also like the fact that you can find all the chapters as blog posts if you want to share something with others.
Piotr Stapp
Jul 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Some stories are great, a lot of them are useful. But this book is too American, too Silicon Valey for me.
Omar El-mohri
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, printed-copy
Some interesting insights and some are not there exceptional. But the fact that chapters are not related, this keeps the value of the book
Hasitha
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly recommended for new and experienced managers alike

There's so much packed into these 40 chapters. They are bite sized and I always discover something new to try or tweak whenever I re-read. Can't recommend enough!
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Gaelan D'costa
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Context: I'm an intermediate software developer who isn't actively striving towards management positions, but is interested in both
1. developing himself in his field and his senioriy
2. making his work environment, and from there his world, a more inclusive space.

I'm also a visible minority dude, which is slightly relevant in that I'm somewhere between the audiences that either author is comfortable addressing.

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Anyway, I thought this was a good book in a bunch of ways for my context:
1) It was sh
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Mark Mzyk
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I picked up How Fucked Up Is Your Management assuming it would be a quick and easy read, at it is. It's adapted from a blog and it shows in that the chapters are short, self contained, and generally to the point.

If you've been around tech and management for a while, it's likely a lot of this isn't new, but it is presented in an accessible format. As an engineering manager, it was useful for me to get reminders of things that I know but have forgotten. It was also great to get insight into ways
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Melissa Morris
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting, quick read. Some parts were less applicable to me because they were aimed at HR roles or executives, but I found the chapters about management useful. What I enjoyed most about this book was its focus on diversity. There are many chapters about challenges that women (or other minorities) face specifically in a tech startup environment which spoke to me. For example, the idea that yelling is somehow acceptable but crying isn’t, and how ridiculously gender bias that notion ...more
Amanda Munday
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an easy read, but not entirely pleasurable. You might get angry. At the state of your own organization, or that a book like this even exists. I sped through it with many "YES!" and "Right!?" reactions. If your leadership is open to exploring without being offended by the title, it's definitely worth sharing. A lot of the lessons are reflective of the tech community, but can be applied to any time of corporate leadership. ...more
Jason Adams
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The emphasis is on “your”

Don’t be confused by the title. This is not a book about other people’s management, it’s about you. There are a lot of hard truths in this book, whether you choose to face them or ignore them. Even if you are not a manager yourself (as I am not), it offers a lot of insight into the struggles and mistakes we all make in whatever leadership roles we take on. Bonus: it’s an easy and entertaining read, even when it hits too close to home.
Joe Wegner
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent book, and something I will gladly keep on my desk for the foreseeable future. Many of the articles in the book were immediately impactful, and led to copious notes and lengthy introspection. Some articles were not so relevant currently, but were similarly wise and have been mentally noted as a reference point when I do eventually approach a management struggle that they referenced.

Very good book!
Becks
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Read this book. Easily the most human management book I've read, and a wakeup call for all the startups that think management is unnecessary. Less a series of "how tos" than important things to reflect on as a manager of people or a leader in an organization. Read it even if you're not a manager yet to better understand what you should be expecting from your own leadership. ...more
Meredith Edwards
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very good. Melissa's chapters are my favorite chapters. Best advice: stop trying to be a superhero. Don't hire people who brag about thriving in chaos because they're actually creating unnecessary chaos. And: when you give someone critical feedback, explain the negative effect their actions are having on the company! ...more
Szymon Kulec
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting stories from managing companies (mostly, Mozilla). Some of them are personal, representing authors point of view, some of them are more general. It's one of these books that doesn't provide any breakthroughs, but it's easy to read and follow, even when it touches hard topics. If you skip it, the world will keep spinning. ...more
Mijay
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must-read for anyone who manages or leads people in the workplace. Smart, practical, and sometimes uncomfortable advice to help you navigate through the challenges of managing complex humans! Really appreciated the focus on power and privilege.
Crystal
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: career
Somewhat useful. Book content is not organized. I understand that there is market there people enjoy quick reads, but I just don't get the point of having a collection of online posts randomly put together and then calling it a BOOK. If you do take all the stuffs you are talking about seriously, then please at least put some effort into organizing them better. ...more
Damien
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I never read the blog, heard about this book, and I can say I enjoyed it. The tone counts, but the insights are really great.
Robert Osborne
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
Thought provoking collection of essays and blog articles. I found reading this is bursts, a couple of essays now and then was actually the best way to read this book.
Tiffany
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: work-related, 2018
A must-read for everyone in leadership. Honest, digestible, and practical. I loved it.
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