How To Become A Great Boss

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jeffrey J. Fox
Narrator: Jeffrey J. Fox
Genres: Business & Economics, Motivation, Management & Leadership
Publisher: Hyperion Audiobooks
Published In: May 2002
# of Units: 2 CDs
Length: 2 hours
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The Great Boss Simple Success Formula

Companies Do What the Boss Does
Groom 'Em, or Broom 'Em
Hire Slow, Fire Fast
Don't Be Tired
The Rule of the Ds
Delegate Down, Down, Down
Don't Hire a Dog and Bark Yourself
Don't Shoot from the Lip
Never Be Little, Never Belittle
Listen to Phonies, Fools, and Frauds
Don't Check Expense Accounts
"Quit" Is for Scrabble
It's Okay to Be Quirky

Did you ever have a great boss? Everyone should have one, but not enough people do. If you're a boss, or hope to become one, or have a less-than-great boss, then this is the book that could change your career-and your life.

In times like these, being a great boss can be harder than ever. If you want surprising and useful advice on how to handle the tough stuff -- from having to fire a long-time employee to being a new boss with a demoralized team -- the stories, observations, and advice contained in this gem of a book will set your feet in the right direction. And if you just want advice on living up to the legend who preceded you in the job, or even ways to emulate someone who was a great boss to you, Jeffrey Fox has gathered anecdotes from some of the mightiest and most respected bosses in America. The bestselling author who brought you How to Become CEO and How to Become a Rainmaker knows the territory about which he speaks.

Fox is the master of the counterintuitive angle. For every boss who has implied "I know what's best, that's why I'm the boss," Fox counsels, "Listen to Phonies, Fools, and Frauds" and "Don't Check Expense Accounts." His stories from bosses who have cared equally for employees' lives and the bottom line will inspire you to see that profit counts, but so do camaraderie, motivation, and a great place to work.

In a time of considerable corporate downsizing, it's more important than ever for bosses to surround themselves with motivated employees. Jeffrey Fox's newest volume will have a place on the shelves of top brass everywhere who want to remain leaders of their pack.

Reviews (10)


Written by Steve Sink from Portage, IN on February 11th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved this book. I listened to it twice. Every single piece of advice probably will not be applicable to every boss or company, but there are many in this book that I can use. The style is direct and understated, not preachy. Many instructive and inspiring anecdotes.

OK audio, nothing spectacular

Written by Natalie from Midlothian, VA on December 2nd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

There was nothing wrong with this audio book, but there was nothing spectacular either. The speaker was good and talked about important things to know to be a good boss, mentioning some worthwhile points. If you've never been a boss before then it's worth listening to. if you have been a boss for a little while, it's ok. If you've been a boss for a long time, you may want to revisit this audio to make sure you are treating your employees with respect.

Great Advice!

Written by Anonymous from Peekskill, NY on July 10th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is a must. Well read and keeps you interested. There are many great leasons. If you are looking for advice on how to lead you staff, you will find it in this CD.

Concise and Informative

Written by Dave Paulson on January 24th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The book is chalked full of practical advice for being a good boss. It basically contains 40-something concepts of leading and managing packed into a hundred and fifty-something pages. It moves fast and doesn’t have much depth, but it’s quick and worth reading.

pretty good

Written by Anonymous on December 3rd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Not rocket science, but good advice for new bosses. A checklist of the really important things to remember. Definitely worth the listen.


Written by Kelvin Z. on October 31st, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This book is good. You can learn a few things from it and has some great stories. If you are in management, this is a must hear on how to treat people and how to act like a boss. I would definately recommend this book to anyone. Each chapter is short but to the point. Great advise is given and its interesting. The reader could have had a less monotone voice but overall good.

A Corporate Nursery Rhyme

Written by Tyler Gleason from Colton, NY on September 7th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

It's knowledge which seems all too common. I thought there was a lot more value in other similar titles - (Drucker: Managing in the Next Society; McCormack: On Managing, et al). Not only did the information strike me as basic, but the delivery is crafty, overly-poetic, and repetitive. The author threw in as many puns & double meanings as he could - ok, maybe 1 or 2 less than he could have. Sorry - just can't recommend this book over others that you could listen to.

Great Boss

Written by Connie Harding on May 9th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This book provides good advice, particulary about treating people with dignity and respect. This book is a "must read" for anyone in a supervisory role.

Great ideas for becoming a Great Boss

Written by Rich from Springfield, VA on June 1st, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Sure you may not use every idea in the book, but like all of Fox's works, there is TONS here that will be directly applicable. Shot off in rapid-fire succession (again, like all of Fox's works), this CD doesn't waste time, and you may find yourself pausing to take a mental break and jot down some ideas. How to Become a Great Boss is one of my Fox favorites (along with HT Make Big Money...Small Business, despite its math problems).

Helpful Hints

Written by I.m Listening in Houston on October 16th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Having recently taken on a new position as supervisor, I found this book chock full of good ideas and inspiration. I may not use everything suggested, but it was a good way to charge my battery on the way to work.

Author Details

Author Details

Fox, Jeffrey J.

Jeffrey J. Fox is the founder and president of Fox & Company, Inc., a marketing consulting firm that specializes in marketing strategy development, innovation, enhancement, and selling skills training. In addition, Fox is a popular speaker and the acclaimed author of a series of hard-hitting international business best-sellers, How to Become CEO, How to Become a Rainmaker, and Secrets of Great Rainmakers among others.