Throwing the Elephant : Zen and the Art of Managing Up

Stanley Bing


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Stanley Bing follows his enormously successful What Would Machiavelli Do? with another subversively humorous exploration of how work would be different—if the Buddha were your personal consultant. What would the Buddha do—if he had to deal with a rampaging elephant of a boss every day? That is the premise of Stanley Bing’s wickedly funny guide to finding inner peace in the face of relentlessly obnoxious, huge, and sometimes smelly bosses.

Taking the concept of managing up to a new cosmic plateau, Bing urges no less than a revolution of the spirit in the American workplace, turning overwrought, oppressed, stressed-out employees into models of Zen-like powers of concentration, able to take their elephant-like bosses and grey, lumbering companies and twirl them around the little finger of their consciousness. In Bing’s unique tradition of social criticism cum business self-help, Throwing the Elephant presents Four Truths (or possibly Five), a Ninefold Path, and one useful, hilarious guide to workplace sanity, success, and enlightenment that surpasses all understanding, survival.

What will you learn from this book

  1. Understanding the Boss: Emphasizing the importance of comprehending your superior's personality, communication style, and expectations to effectively manage the relationship.

  2. Effective Communication: Highlighting the significance of clear, concise, and strategic communication when interacting with superiors.

  3. Managing Expectations: Learning to manage and align your boss's expectations with your capabilities and workload, ensuring clarity on priorities and goals.

  4. Building Trust: Cultivating trust and credibility by delivering results, being reliable, and displaying competence in your role.

  5. Adaptability: Embracing flexibility and adaptability in your approach to accommodate your boss's working style and preferences.

  6. Strategic Influence: Understanding how to exert influence without direct authority, leveraging relationships and diplomacy to get things done.

  7. Conflict Resolution: Navigating conflicts or disagreements diplomatically, finding solutions that align with your boss's objectives.

  8. Managing Up vs. Managing Down: Recognizing the differences in managing up versus managing subordinates and learning to balance these roles effectively.

  9. Anticipating Needs: Proactively anticipating your boss's needs, providing solutions, and staying ahead of potential issues.

  10. Self-Management: Emphasizing the importance of self-awareness, self-regulation, and maintaining a professional demeanor in managing upward relationships.

Language English
ISBN-10 9780060188610
ISBN-13 9780060188610
No of pages 201
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Collins
Published Date 01 Mar 2002

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Author : Stanley Bing


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