You Can't Win a Fight with Your Boss & 55 Other Rules of Success

  • 1h 3m
  • Tom Markert
  • HarperCollins
  • 2005

You can't win a fight with your boss.

If you have ever thought otherwise, then you're dead wrong. And you're career is over, too.

In this lively guide to surviving the pitfalls of the modern corporate environment, Tom Markert, a senior executive at information giant ACNielsen, presents 56 practical rules that every employee, manager, and executive must follow in order to find corporate success.

With rules such as "Work hard and smart" and "Find a good boss" Markert addresses some of the most important questions facing corporate executives today. Here, in colorful and inspiring language, he offers practical advice on how to impress and make your boss look good, how to position yourself for success, and how to address work and social situations that every employee must conquer.

And, most important, Markert covers the number one question in any employee's mind: How do I work with my boss? Here, this book becomes an indispensable guide to corporate life.

Markert draws on his experience to illustrate these rules with telling, and often funny, anecdotes about people who have not followed the rules and paid the ultimate corporate price -- failure, embarrassment, and a career stopped dead in its tracks.

About the Author

Tom Markert is CEO of Ipsos Loyalty Worldwide, a Market Research provider to many Fortune 500 companies and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of State Auto, a publicly traded property and casualty insurer based in Columbus, Ohio. He has held leadership positions at ACNielsen, Citicorp, and Procter & Gamble and has held positions on the board of directors of the Australian professional basketball team the Sydney Kings and the American Chamber of Commerce in New South Wales, Australia. He lives in Connecticut.

In this Book

  • You Can’t Win a Fight with Your Boss & 55 Other Rules for Success
  • Introduction
  • Work Hard and Smart
  • No One Is Entitled to Anything!
  • Be Motivated
  • Put in the Hours
  • Do Whatever It Takes
  • Be Charming
  • Find Good Bosses
  • Respect Your Boss
  • You Can’t Win a Fight with Your Boss
  • Know Your Boss
  • Stay on the Right Side of the Boss’s Spouse
  • Look the Part
  • Smile, It’s Infectious
  • Stay Healthy
  • Become an Expert
  • Read Books
  • Get an MBA
  • Write Well
  • Know Your Numbers
  • Find a Mentor
  • Start and End Meetings on Time
  • Answer Your Own Phone
  • Don’t Pad Your Expense Reports
  • Prepare for Plane Trips
  • You Are on Your Own, Baby!
  • Take the Best Job
  • Choose Your Employer Carefully
  • Ask for a Performance Review
  • Do It by the Book
  • Embrace Change
  • Resign the Right Way
  • One Kick at the Can
  • Befriend Your Legal Counsel
  • Prepare for Your Big Presentation
  • Surround Yourself with Talent
  • Listen for What You Don’t Hear
  • Coach Your Team
  • Take Care of Your Best People
  • You Can’t Say “Thank You” Enough
  • Beat Stress Back
  • Don’t Get Too Full of Yourself
  • Understand People Differences
  • Hire Right, Fire Fast
  • Succession Planning—Do It
  • Never Grandstand
  • Skip the Spin, Tell the Truth
  • Take Intelligent Risks and Admit When You Fail
  • Never Write an E-mail Out of Anger
  • Know Your Opponent
  • Disarm Your Opponent
  • Accept Politics
  • Leave Your Emotional Baggage at the Door
  • Party, But Know Your Limits
  • You Won’t Win Popularity Contests
  • Be Discreet
  • It’s Not All About You!
  • Epilogue