Ask a Manager is essentially all of that wisdom in the blog conden ...more
I received an advance copy from the publisher via Netgalley for review consideration.
The book is divided into chapters--bosses; coworkers; if you're the boss; and finally, interviewers. Each section contains a ton of common dilemmas. For each one, she tells y ...more
Quick, to the point answers and advice for all those sticky situations that pop up in the workplace.
Typical things like loud chewers, stinky co-workers and the like are covered as well as some outrageous cases that were sent in the to author by her fans.
How do you deal with a co-worker in a sub/dom relationship who insists on calling her SO "master" 24/7, including work events?
How do you tell your boss y ...more
One thing that really ticks me off though is her advice on apologising for things like lateness, or resumé typos, which tends to be along the lines of, "I'm neurotic about punctuality so I'm mortified" or "I'm a neurotic proofreader." Neurosis is a mental disorder, not a character trait, and I find Alison's use of it in these contexts incredibly aggravating.
Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC.
Ask A Manager is broken down into 4 sections: you are the manager, you have a manager, you work with others, you're interviewing for a job. Even ...more
I am lucky in that I don't have a ton of professional problems, but this year at my job has been a bit tumultuous - particularly with regard to leadership. This book, though it's intended for business professionals and not academics, turned out to be tremendously helpful and allowed me to identify a couple of specific frustrations I'd had trou ...more
Alison Green has been writing her “Ask A Manager” blog for over ten years now and in that time she ...more
Whether you read it all at once, or piece by piece like I did, you'll be a wiser person by the time you hit the last page.
It's all based around conversations you might need to have at work, whether they're with a co-worker, someone you manage, your boss, or an interviewer. These conversations are wide-ranging and include suggested wording and advice on tone. Sprinkled with real examples from people w ...more
I will sa ...more
This is a condensed version of that blog that ...more
The great thing about Alison’s advice is that she empowers readers by giving them scripts, ...more
Now as for this book... I was hoping it would be more ...more
I was glad to win this book as at work I had to do a development goal and I didn’t have to go buy a book for work.
I found the situations varied and the responses to adapt useful. There are co-worker to co-worker situations and dealing with managers, or those who have to be managed. Also an interview section that covered most of the sticky points that can come up. The questions and situations from reader made my workplace pretty seem ...more
Allison Green tells it exactly how it is. There's no floofy fluff or garbage. What began as an advice site has evolved into something more tangible.
If you have a single inquiry, you might just want to Google that inquiry. ...more
Fast paced as an audiobook, which I guess is a good summary on what after will be a good reference book in the text form.
Regarding its value outside of the workplace, I found the guidelines on handling an employee's mistake somewhat relevant regarding meeting with people who turn out to have a flexible concept of time and appointments; so far it always was weird to approach in a way which kept the relationship ongoing, but turning into a "what do you do and can we fix it" situation was insightfu...more
*Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC, provided by the author and/or the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Structurally, I don’t understand having the content about interviewing at the end of the book instead of the beginning. After all, that’s the beginning of the process.