What To Do When You Become The Boss

What To Do When You Become The Boss

How new managers become successful managers
“The great thing about ‘What To Do When You Become The Boss’ is that I can dive in and find a quick solution to a management problem straight away” said Luciano Almeida, a senior manager at ING, Belgium. “Or, I can give it to one of my new managers as part of their induction to the firm. Using a great book like this gives our new managers an in depth handle on how we expect our people to be managed” said Almeida.

“What To Do When You Become The Boss” should be assigned reading for anyone in business school or for those who work within a large corporation. Not only will the advice offered in this book be beneficial to you and your career, but you will also help the company grow as a result. And we all know, if you help the company grow you will be rewarded. So if you want to be successful, I strongly recommend this book – you and your career will thank me.”

Peter N. Jones – New Great Books.

Becoming a manager is like giving birth – whilst it can be painful, it’s relatively easy. After the initial decision to start the pregnancy, one doesn’t have much say in proceedings. It’s what follows that’s difficult. It’s been said that managing has a degree of difficulty that’s akin to bringing up children – very hard, but enjoyable work.

Bob Selden aims to make life a lot easier for managers. Bob’s book “What To Do When You Become The Boss” takes new managers from the conception of their management pregnancy through to management adulthood. And it’s done with humour and many savvy “How to’s”.

But what really sets “What To Do When You Become The Boss” apart is the content. As well as the standard but essential management tips like hiring, firing and motivating, it has some very interesting and potentially quite rewarding, topics. These include “How to build your image in the organisation”, “How to manage your boss” and if you have to change jobs, there’s even a chapter on “How to select your new boss”.

Published in four languages – English, Polish, Portuguese and Chinese – it’s now sold 75,000 copies. The book was also a finalist in the Indie Book Awards and been a business best-seller in both the UK and Australia.

People say this about "What To Do When You Become The Boss"

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Amazon - 76 ratings @ 4.1 out of 5

Short Testimonials

Andrew O’Keeffe, author of ‘Hardwired Humans’ and ‘The Boss’. 

“In this insightful and practical book, Bob Selden guides us to realise the power of our words – and our thoughts – to help us build better relationships with our friends, family and work colleagues. A really important life book and one I wish I had years ago.”

Jim Lawless, author of “Taming Tigers” and International Keynote Speaker.

“Bob Selden has given us a gift of unique value: The gift of understanding how the words we choose impact on others - and even on ourselves. Based on his painstaking review of the science, “Don’t” has already changed how I construct my keynote speeches.”

Beck Valley Books

People around me noticed the change in my language and attitude.
The success of any book is while you are reading or discussing it with others, it gains their interest in the subject matter and they actually go out and buy it, which is what has happened with this particular book.

While I was reading the book and incorporating the ideas and concepts the author was promoting people around me noticed the change in my language and attitude that I had adopted and wondered where it had come from. Particularly that I was using a lot of positivity and different lines of questioning to check for understanding and explanations. This was all down to reading this excellent novel which points out how we can improve communication by changing simple things.”

Keira Barlett, author of “The Reluctant CEO”.

“Bob Selden has done it again! Here is a book that brings new skills in your life in a painless and efficient way. Backed by research and science, full of humour and true life examples, with practical, simple and effective exercises, the book is easy to read and the concepts quickly translate into new behaviours. This book will change the way you communicate and even think!”


David Cawood Ph.D. David Cawood Consultancy Inc, Vancouver, Canada. Adjunct Prof of Strategy and Leadership at the University of British Columbia. Author of “The Secret Sabbatical”.

“The book is well laid out with the needed pieces of theory and research handled very concisely. The volume becomes increasingly practical and there are great small exercises to keep the reader engaged. This is a very clear, well-written and tightly edited text. Highly recommended.”


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