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Numerous studies around the world during the past several decades drew similar conclusions, noting that “75% of the workforce reports that their immediate supervisor is the most stressful part of their job.” Professor of management Robert I. Sutton, the best-selling author of The No Asshole Rule, explores how good and bad bosses affect the workplace and what distinguishes one from the other. Sutton’s research is solid and his anecdotes are amusing, though he’s short on practical suggestions about how to handle a bad boss. As you might guess from the title of his last book, Sutton indulges in salty language and profanity, so be warned. With that caveat, getAbstract recommends his book to anyone who has – or is – a boss.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to differentiate between good and bad bosses, and
  • How to reform your behavior if you are a bad boss.

About the Author

Robert I. Sutton wrote the best-selling business books Weird Ideas that Work; Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths and Total Nonsense; and The No Asshole Rule.



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