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Don't Kill the Bosses!

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Despite the incendiary title, this is a cool-headed blueprint for changing companies by challenging the idea of boss-dominated relationships. The author shows how to establish candid, equal-footing relationships that work effectively and productively.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Praise for Don’t Kill the Bosses!
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Preface
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Introduction and Executive Summary: Why Not Kill the Bosses?!
  8. 1 Recognizing the Hierarchy Trap
    1. HIERARCHY IS AN ORGANIZATION TRAP
    2. TWO-SIDED ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNERING IS THE ALTERNATIVE
    3. SUMMARY
  9. 2 The Core Problem Is One-Sided Accountability
    1. CASE 1
    2. CASE 2
    3. SHORT CASE
    4. SHORT CASE
  10. 3 Transformation 1: You’ve Got to Use What You Know about Human Nature
    1. FALSE OBJECTIVITY IS A HURDLE TO OVERCOME
    2. WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN THE CLASS
    3. CHANGING THE PARADIGM
    4. IMPLICATIONS FOR HIERARCHICAL RELATIONSHIPS
    5. WE TAKE THE TEST
    6. CONCLUSION
  11. 4 Transformation 2: Politics As Usual Won’t Get You There
    1. YOU NEED TO PRACTICE A DIFFERENT TYPE OF POLITICS
    2. TWO-SIDED ACCOUNTABILITY LESSONS
    3. CONCLUSION
  12. 5 You Need a Two-Sided Accountability Mind-Set
    1. PUTTING IT TOGETHER: ACHIEVING TWO-SIDED ACCOUNTABILITY
    2. PRINCIPLE 1: INEVITABLE SUBJECTIVITY
    3. PRINCIPLE 2: PRACTICE WIN-WIN-WIN POLITICS
    4. PRINCIPLE 3: PUT TWO-SIDED ACCOUNTABILITY INTO ACTION
    5. SUMMARY
  13. 6 Team Effectiveness Requires It
    1. SNAP-TOGETHER TEAMWORK RESULTS FROM ONE-SIDED ACCOUNTABILITY
    2. THE TWO-SIDED ACCOUNTABILITY APPROACH TO TEAMWORK
  14. 7 Top Levels Need to Support It
    1. WHO OWNS THE COMPANY, ANYWAY?
    2. CONCLUSION
  15. 8 Changing the Structure to Encourage It
    1. CONNECTING THE LAST THREE REFERENCE POINTS
    2. OUR BACK-POCKET PROPOSAL FEATURES TWO-STEP-UP EVALUATION
  16. 9 What Don’t Kill the Bosses! Can Do for You: Who Benefits and How?
    1. HOW TOP-LEVEL EXECUTIVES CAN USE THE DON’T KILL THE BOSSES! PERSPECTIVE
    2. HOW EXECUTIVES CAN BENEFIT
    3. WHAT MIDDLE-LEVEL BOSSES HAVE TO GAIN
    4. WHAT PEOPLE STARTING OUT AND LOWER DOWN IN THE COMPANY HAVE TO GAIN
    5. CONCLUSION
  17. Index
  18. About the Authors
  19. Berrett-Koehler Publishers