Intercomp library: Bruce Tulgan, It's Okay to Be the Boss

Recommended by Maria Paysina, Head of Intercomp marketing department.

Unless you’re a charismatic boss, you won’t need to read this book. Otherwise it is very useful for those who start their professional path or just feel upset of not being able to change the way things go without diving into micro-management problems, total control and serious issues in the team. Situations and cases that are described in this book are familiar to almost everyone no matter business size or industry. The book is very lively, practical and has no “instructions” as “Do it once, do it twice, repeat after me and you will be happy + bonus at the end”.

Tulgan shares many years of experience and lessons learnt with hundreds of executives from various companies. He also describes how to communicate effectively with each team member, how to introduce consistent changes, and how not to give in to the pressure of passing discontent and everyday routine.

The author has debunked standard manager myths:
  • People work best when they are left alone and allowed to self-manage;
  • The only way to be strong is to act like a tyrant, but I want to be a good guy;
  • Strong external factors such as bureaucracy, corporate culture, management, limited resources hold managers back;
  • I am not a naturally gifted manager;
  • There is not enough time to manage people;
  • Etc.
Bruce also shares his broad experience of working with various companies – both small restaurants and start-ups to global corporations. Bruce talks about the effective approaches to each team members, how to implement step-by-step changes and how to stay in a mood when things become routine. Bruce Tulgan is internationally recognized as the leading expert on young people in the workplace and one of the leading experts on leadership and management. Bruce is a best-selling author, an adviser to business leaders all over the world, and a sought-after keynote speaker and management trainer. His works are published at New York Times, USA Today, Harvard Business Review, he is also a head of consulting company working with American Express, Citigroup, Shell Oil Company, Ernst & Young, Deloitte Consulting, KPMG, Mastercard, Subway,, General Motors, Oglivy & Mather, Johnson & Johnson, Wal-Mart Stores, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, SAP and many others.