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Being the Boss
By Carmen Nobel
CustomerCare News
Spring 2011

Building Real Bonds that Will Drive Superior Performance
By Frank Dillon
Irish Times
February 14, 2011

Being the Boss: Interview
By Dan Mulhern
Everyday Leadership
February 6, 2011

Non-Fiction: Being the Boss: The Three Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader
By Tony Buchsbaum
January Magazine
February 3, 2011

Being the Boss: Interview
By Robert G. Barnwell
CEO Talk Radio
February 1, 2011

Personal Branding Interview: Linda Hill
By Dan Schawbel
Personal Branding Blog
January 31, 2011

Be the Boss, Not a Friend
Book Excerpt
January 18, 2011

Being the Boss
By Carmen Nobel
HBS Working Knowledge
January 17, 2011

Are You Cut Out for Management?
By Eilene Zimmerman
New York Times
January 15, 2011

Being the Boss: Why is Becoming a Manager So Difficult?
Book Excerpt
TLNT: The Business of HR
January 14, 2011

Steps to Become a 'Great Boss'
CEO Daily Brief
Chief Executive
January 14, 2011

Getting the Most From Your Boss
Book Excerpt
January 13, 2010

Five Best Business Books to Read for Your Career in 2011
By Kyle Stock
The Wall Street Journal
December 28, 2010

Hold On to Your Job - Become a Great Boss
By Ellen Pearlman
December 27, 2010

The No. 1 Reason Why Good Managers Fail to Become Great
By Sean Silverthorne
December 23, 2010

Power Corrupts, But Powerlessness Does Too
Book Excerpt / ForbesWoman
December 20, 2010

Becoming a Better Leader
By Eric Markowitz
December 17, 2010

Being the Boss: 3 Imperatives to Great Leadership
By Alan Hughes
Black Enterprise
December 8, 2010


"This insightful book is a must-read, reflecting Linda Hill's years of research and writing about new models for being an effective leader. If you want to read a practical guide on how to be a good boss, I highly recommend Being the Boss."
—Vineet Nayar, CEO, HCL Technologies, and author, Employees First, Customers Second

"Being the Boss is the book every manager has been looking for. Whether you're a new manager or one with experience, the probing assessment tools, practical advice, and relatable stories in this book will help you to be a better leader. It's an essential guide you won't want to put down."
—Susan P. Peters, Vice President, Executive Development, and Chief Learning Officer, GE

"Being the Boss raises all the right questions about managing yourself, your network, and your team. Combining personal experience with university research, Linda Hill and Kent Lineback have produced a compelling and definitive account of how to manage people when your career and organization depend on it. "
—Michael Useem, Professor of Management and Director of the Leadership Center, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; author, The Go Point; and coauthor, The India Way

"A remarkable and insightful work on the paradoxes of leadership. A very practical yet inspiring tool for professionals—in every industry and across the globe—who are striving for bigger responsibilities in fast-changing corporate environments. A must-read! "
—Luca de Meo, Head of Marketing, Volkswagen Group

"Hill and Lineback start with a real premise: being a manager is hard. Then, within an elegant framework, they offer insightful cases, tools, and assessments that will help any manager wanting to be a better boss. The ideas and techniques here provide a platform on which to build leadership success."
—Dave Ulrich, Professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan; Partner, The RBL Group; and coauthor, The Why of Work

"This book is a gem. The model of managing self, network, and team is a great way for new and experienced managers to break the overwhelming task of management into understandable, digestible pieces. A terrific resource for managers to get started—and to get back—on the right track."
—Lori McAdams, Vice President, Human Resources, Pixar Animation Studios

"The true impact of Being the Boss is its ability to capture the critical lessons of leadership growth that come only from making mistakes and living to tell the tale. This book should be part of every training program for developing managers in today's dynamic and global business environment."
—Praveen Akkiraju, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Cisco Systems Inc.

"It is often said that physicians make lousy managers – and in fairness, most physicians would freely admit that they did not go to medical school to become a manager or even a leader. Nonetheless, leadership and management have clearly become the purview of the modern-day physician. This book provides an easy-to-read road map for developing one's own leadership and management style. The liberal use of stories brings to life many of the important concepts put forth by the authors. The practical leadership constructs offered by Being the Boss will prove informative and enlightening to those who bridge the gaps between healer, leader, and manager.
—William D. Chey, Professor of Medicine, and Director, GI Physiology Laboratory, University of Michigan Health System

"Being the Boss realistically characterizes the complexities of the manager role in the twenty-first century. Linda Hill and Kent Lineback provide a logical framework for organizing this complexity and emphasize the importance of regular self-examination in diagnosing and addressing personal managerial challenges. Today's managers will find this work compelling and a practical addition to their toolkit."
—Tanya Clemons, Chief Talent Officer, Pfizer Inc.

"Being the Boss is a refreshing read, superbly organized, that covers very intelligently almost every one of the management problems and issues I have encountered in my long years as a CEO. It is packed with insightful ideas and advice."
—Ibrahim S. Dabdoub, Group CEO, National Bank of Kuwait

"This is an indispensable guide to evaluating yourself as a boss and understanding what you can do to improve your performance. This book covers all the relevant areas in a helpful and pragmatic way that will enable both novice and experienced bosses to achieve more. A wonderful book for self-renewal."
—Geraldine Haley, Head of Leadership Effectiveness and Succession, Standard Chartered Bank

"Being the Boss delivers a remarkably comprehensive, delightfully readable guide for developing the capabilities critical for highly effective leadership. Most distinctively, Being the Boss challenges and enables you – at a personal level – to assess yourself honestly, offers practical approaches for improvement, and inspires you to live up to your full potential as a leader."
—Ted Hoff, Vice President, Center for Learning and Development, IBM

"Being the Boss is an easy and fun read. Each chapter opens with an all-too-familiar story – a remarkably effective means to help readers reflect where they stand on the journey and what it will take to master the art of leadership. If you have your mind and heart set on becoming a world-class leader, this book will prove an ideal companion – part compass, part toolkit – as you work your way through the everyday struggles of management."
—Steven Moran, Senior Vice President, Corporate Human Resources Strategy and Controlling, Bertelsmann AG

"A very engaging and impactful hands-on guide to truly becoming the boss. The conversational writing style is a very powerful tool for delivering the book's essential concepts. Should be required reading for all new people managers. "
—Wendy Murdock, Chief Payment System Integrity Officer, MasterCard Worldwide

"Leadership is not a science: it calls for constant learning and growth. Self-awareness and a clear understanding of our impacts as leaders are essential elements of success, and perhaps the most difficult to attain. This book adds clarity and sense to this bewildering journey, with logical, well-illustrated, practical steps to success. It should sit permanently on the desk of anyone with ambition."
—Nicholas Mutton, Executive Vice President, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

"Being the Boss is a refreshing, human look at what it means to be a good manager in the fullest sense of the word. Hill and Lineback, both steeped in the knowledge and practice of leadership, write in a compelling, honest voice and provide important tools and questions for reflection. It is a must-read for managers who take seriously their own journeys of personal development and growth. I strongly recommend it."
—Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO, Acumen Fund, and author, The Blue Sweater

"Most books on leading others read like platitude-filled works of fiction. Hill and Lineback describe the dilemmas that bosses confront and offer intelligent and practical advice on how to deal with the real – and messy – world of organizational life."
—Jeffrey Pfeffer, Professor, Stanford Business School, and author, Power: Why Some People Have It – and Others Don't

"Being the Boss highlights the extraordinary self-awareness and perseverance required to become a successful manager. Using a creative narrative device punctuated with helpful checklists, the authors have crystallized the essential insights necessary to aid the reader on this difficult journey. It is a great resource for both government and private-sector managers making the transition from individual performer to 'being the boss.' I wish I had read it years ago."
—Daniel M. Price, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP; former Senior White House Adviser on International Economic Affairs

"After leading global teams for twenty-plus years, I strongly believe that developing high-performance teams and retaining talented people drives organizational excellence. This book provides practical perspectives augmented with focused examples of how leaders enhance their people development capabilities to build competitive advantage."
—Nick van Dam, Global Director, Human Capital Practice, Deloitte Consulting LLP; founder and Chairman, e-Learning for Kids Foundation

"No high-potential or top individual performer can effectively manage in today's business environment without continuously transforming him- or herself and positively inspiring others. Linda Hill and Kent Lineback present the three imperatives for becoming a great leader through an extremely smart sequence of powerful and engaging situations and self-assessments. This book will help guide you through the long and challenging – and exciting! – journey of becoming a better boss."
—Philippe Vivien, Senior Executive Vice President of Human Resources, AREVA

"Being a successful manager can be challenging, and many find themselves failing to live up to their potential. But with Being the Boss, that can change. Accessible and clear, this book provides you with tools and advice that can be put into action immediately. There are no easy answers, but there are always possible solutions. Linda Hill and Kent Lineback provide many practical ways to reflect and move forward effectively."
—Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Chairman and CEO, Ayala Corporation

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