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Good Boss, Bad Boss by Robert I. Sutton
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Aug 30, 2011

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bookshelves: stanford-professor-authors, working-smart

i'm a bit of a font snob, and i'll have to say that i was pretty turned off by the typeface. i bet it was meant to be approachable, but it came across lacking a bit of professionalism, if that makes sense to anyone else out there. i have to get it out there, since it meant that the book and i started out on the wrong foot.

bob sutton is a straight shooter. i've heard him speak before and he's similar in person - what else would you expect from someone who wrote a book called the no asshole rule?

i like his style, but at times, it can be very abrasive. like many business books, i find this one to be a bit name droppy (new word?)

the real gems are in the last 100 pages where bob recounts cases and stories of managers and employees living out the kinds of situations he talks about. i've seen the good and bad bosses in my own workplace, and i think bob gets those characteristics spot on.

i really appreciate that he's out there trying to improve management and the workplace with his examples and tips. he's right that most people can relate to the book because they either have a boss, had a boss or are the boss. this means everyone can find some wisdom in his words.
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