Alison Green writes the workplace advice column Ask a Boss for New York Magazine, and answers readers' questions daily on her blog, Ask a Manager, which is syndicated by Inc., Time, Money Magazine, and in multiple newspapers nationwide. She also writes a weekly column on work issues for U.S. News & World Report, and has recently been tapped by NPR's Marketplace for a monthly workplace advice call-in segment. She is also the author of HOW TO GET A JOB: Secrets of a Hiring Manager Made Easy, co-author of MANAGING TO CHANGE THE WORLD: The Nonprofit Manager's Guide to Getting Results, and the former chief of staff of a successful nonprofit, where she oversaw day-to-day staff management.
Clear and concise in its advice, and expansive in its scope, Ask A Manager is the book I wish I'd had in my desk drawer when I was starting out (or even, let's be honest, fifteen years in). Alison Green's pragmatic approach to solving workplace dilemmas - from taking criticism to dishing it out - will make you not only a better, happier employee, it will help you tolerate less-than-perfect managers and put you well on your way to having their job someday . . . and doing it betterFrequently hilarious, sometimes disturbing . . . the advice, though not always by the book, is surprisingly sensible when it comes to diffusing everyday conflict - People ManagementI am a HUGE fan of Alison Green's 'Ask a Manager' column. I never miss it and always want more. This book is even better. It teaches us how to deal with many of the most vexing big and little problems in our workplaces - and to do so with grace, confidence and a sense of humourAsk a Manager is the ultimate playbook for navigating the traditional workforce in a diplomatic, but firm way. Alison Green covers just about every conceivable awkward moment you can (and will) experience as an employee, coworker, or boss and then gives you a script for how to address and, more importantly, solve the problem For those of us who navigate the complexities of the workplace at this point in history, whether we have somehow blundered into being managers ourselves or are merely data-entry peons, Alison Green is a treasure and a gift. Her writing is funny, fresh, clear, and helpful - The ToastAsk a Manager is essential reading for anyone who has to navigate the weirdness of office culture, managers who are possibly unhinged, or the dreaded coworker who will just not stop talking. Alison Green is the workplace mentor you always wanted-wise, kind and unflappableThis book should be required reading for anyone who manages or gets managed - or often finds themselves feeling like the only one who has ever had a bad coworker, or needs to give notice or ask for a raise. This book handles just about every work conundrum you've ever stayed up late at night worried about. I'd recommend reading it . . . and then conspicuously leaving it in your break room. Green is the work guru we've been reading for years: of course her book is fantastic!The author's friendly, warm, no-nonsense writing is a pleasure to read . . . Ideal for anyone new to the job market or new to management, or anyone hoping to improve their work experience . . . Highly recommended - Library Journal