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Publisher's Summary

Your boss plays an important role in your career. So how do you navigate this delicate, significant professional relationship without playing political games or compromising your character?

Managing Up offers concise, expert tips on:

  • Understanding your manager's priorities and pressures
  • Setting a positive tone for the relationship
  • Managing expectations - and egos
  • Earning trust and respect

About Harvard Business Review's 20-Minute Manager series:

Don't have much time? Get up to speed fast on the most essential business skills with Harvard Business Review's 20-Minute Manager series. Whether you need a crash course or a brief refresher, each audiobook in the series is a concise, practical primer that will help you brush up on a key management topic.

Advice you can quickly hear and apply, for ambitious professionals and aspiring executives - from the most trusted source in business.

©2014 Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Common sense

I was disappointed in this. first it assumes that all managers are competent and reasonable people, which for anyone who has had a toxic manager, this does not apply. if you have a good manager you have no need to try to "manage up" your manager. It seems that most tips suggested are to placate and to coddle the ego of a manager.

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Underwhelming

It didn't offer any strong strategies for managing up. six words remaining for this review.

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Insightful

Some good information. I will definitely listen to it again. I found this book to be thought provoking so my mind often wandered to practical application of some of the advice. I think I will gain even more insight by listening again. The narrator had good pacing and a pleasant, easy to listen to voice.

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A quick way to get ideas on how to manage up

A quick, easy listen that gets some ideas ready for you to think about with your manager.

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good reading

This is a must read for new, seasoned, and potential managers who want to stand out in the crowd.

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female managers are the best?

outlines essential principles well but most of the case examples involved females. Are they more willing to be transparent and approachable? if there is a gender specific management style, how does one approach this across genders? If it's beyond the scope of this article, perhaps the author could give references.

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Solid Beginner Advice

Excellent beginner advice. This should be a must-listen for all new college graduates. No real advanced tactics here so if you're further along in your career you probably won't find anything new.

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Tips for working effectively with you manager. Quick read with some useful tidbits. The narration was good. I got this for FREE and it was worth every penny.

Disclaimer: My enjoyment of the narrator is based on my listening speed. I only leave 5 stars for books I've listened to or will listen to multiple times. I'll update my review if I listen again.

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Clearly delivered message

Clearly delivered message. This was an easy audible to listen through. Touching on the basics and painting a clear picture for those new to managing up.

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Obvious

This book seemed to dwell in the obvious. Maybe it would be good for somebody in their very early career but I’m worried some of the assertive techniques might not work so well if you are brand new. For more seasoned people it was pretty cliché.

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  • 08-14-21

far from the HBR standards

oversimplifying, generalizing, naive, and not actionable. Also talks about bosses like if they were one specific speceis (I.e "usually bosses like this") which makes the whole think incompatible with most realities

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  • René B. Færch
  • 05-29-22

Short book, thin content

The advice in this book isn’t bad and maybe you’ll be reminded of a thing or two that can be useful. But the book is short and rather thin in content.

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  • Terence Alan Browning
  • 05-26-22

Clear, concise & actionable. No wasted time.

Excellent advice for any hierarchical organisation. Achieve your goals with the minimum of ruffled feathers.

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  • ETS
  • 05-13-22

Quick and Easy Way To Improve Your Worklife

This is such an impressive and succinct book, which if followed should improve your relationships at work immensely.
Well worth the short time it takes to listen to, and narrated beautifully and clearly.

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  • Pavlos
  • 05-12-22

Average

Not something special.

I got intrigued to listen to it since it’s from “Harvard Business Review” just in case they present something extraordinary however the author presents common based behaviours in order for the listener to be able to “manage up” at the workplace - in other words how someone can approach the manager and show he/she is reliable and focused to help as much as they can and show they’re part of the team bust mostly helpful to the manager and to the business success.

Nothing wrong on the book however it’s not for me or even probably not suitable for the majority of the people for the main reason of 1 credit.

I could buy a different book with an average listening time of 5-9 hours instead of spending for 40 minutes and actually learn more detailed tactics on conversations, get in more depth etc.

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  • NexTier IT
  • 02-20-22

For aspiring managers looking for leadership

Loved it and very informative! Could very much relate to the different working styles.

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  • Matthew Frost
  • 11-29-21

Well worth a listen

A nice easy listen, easy to take points away from it and with practical advice.

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  • Yomi
  • 09-18-21

An excellent practical guide.

I love the practical approach taken.
it almost reads like a step-by-step manual, reinforced with simple examples, which flow into one another.
I've re-read it few times now, and intend to do into it again from time to time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-11-22

More about pleasing your boss

This isn't about managing up particularly - moreso about how to please your boss to make them happy.
While thats part of it, more importantly managing up is all about influence, and how to use the traits of those above you to bring out the best in yourself. This encompasses feedback, being able to set the tone of the relationship and achieve outcomes.
This audio is good for those new to the workforce who would like an introduction on part of the basics of managing up, but it's not the whole picture.