Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent

By Sydney Finkelstein
"Superbosses is the rare business book that is chock full of new, useful, and often unexpected ideas. After you read Finkelstein's well-crafted gem, you will never go about leading, evaluating, and developing talent in quite the same way."--Robert Sutton, author of Scaling Up Excellence and The No Asshole Rule

"Maybe you're a decent boss. But are you a superboss? That's the question you'll be asking yourself after reading Sydney Finkelstein's fascinating book. By revealing the secrets of superbosses from finance to fashion and from cooking to comic books, Finkelstein offers a smart, actionable playbook for anyone trying to become a better leader."--Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell Is Human and Drive

A fascinating exploration of the world's most effective bosses--and how they motivate, inspire, and enable others to advance their companies and shape entire industries, by the author of How Smart Executives Fail. A must-read for anyone interested in leadership and building an enduring pipeline of talent.

What do football coach Bill Walsh, restauranteur Alice Waters, television executive Lorne Michaels, technol-ogy CEO Larry Ellison, and fashion pioneer Ralph Lauren have in common? On the surface, not much, other than consistent success in their fields. But below the surface, they share a common approach to finding, nurturing, leading, and even letting go of great people. The way they deal with talent makes them not merely success stories, not merely organization builders, but what Sydney Finkelstein calls superbosses.
After ten years of research and more than two hundred interviews, Finkelstein--an acclaimed professor at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business, speaker, and executive coach and consultant--discovered that superbosses exist in nearly every industry. If you study the top fifty leaders in any field, as many as one-third will have once worked for a superboss.
While superbosses differ in their personal styles, they all focus on identifying promising newcomers, inspiring their best work, and launching them into highly successful careers--while also expanding their own networks and building stronger companies. Among the practices that distinguish superbosses:
They Create Master-Apprentice Relationships.
Superbosses customize their coaching to what each protege really needs, and also are constant founts of practical wisdom. Advertising legend Jay Chiat not only worked closely with each of his employees but would sometimes extend their discussions into the night.
They Rely on the Cohort Effect.
Superbosses strongly encourage collegiality even as they simultaneously drive internal competition. At Lorne Michaels's Saturday Night Live, writers and performers are judged by how much of their material actually gets on the air, but they can't get anything on the air without the support of their coworkers.
They Say Good-Bye on Good Terms.
Nobody likes it when great employees quit, but super-bosses don't respond with anger or resentment. They know that former direct reports can become highly valuable members of their network, especially as they rise to major new roles elsewhere. Julian Robertson, the billionaire hedge fund manager, continued to work with and invest in his former employees who started their own funds.
By sharing the fascinating stories of superbosses and their proteges, Finkelstein explores a phenomenon that never had a name before. And he shows how each of us can emulate the best tactics of superbosses to create our own powerful networks of extraordinary talent.


    REVIEW QUOTES

"Superbosses shows the incredible impact that great managers can have, both on their employees and on entire industries. As masters of career development, superbosses are both talent magnets and launchpads, remaining valued allies with their proteges long after their official relationships have ended. Syd has written a true leadership guide for the Networked Age." --Reid Hoffman, Co-founder and Chairman of LinkedIn, Co-author of The Alliance "I couldn't agree more with Sydney Finkelstein that innovation is part of the leadership DNA. The best bosses--superbosses--must foster a culture of innovation, encourage smart risk taking, remove obstacles, and drive change. They demand world-class performance and empower their teams to achieve it. Superbosses gives leaders a playbook to bring out the best in their people." --Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO, GE "Superbosses is the rare business book that is chock full of new, useful, and often unexpected ideas. After you read Finkelstein's well-crafted gem, you will never go about leading, evaluating, and developing talent in quite the same way." --Robert Sutton, author of Scaling Up Excellence and The No Asshole Rule "First and foremost this is a book about leadership--how the best recruit, nurture and build teams of strong leaders. Consider it a beacon, written about Superbosses who manage talent innovatively and achieve unrivaled success in their field--and written for those who want to excel and play at the top of their game. Sydney Finkelstein has nailed it." --General James Amos, USMC (Ret), 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps "Superbosses is one of the most important, groundbreaking, and actionable leadership books to hit the market in years. Literally anyone who is seeking to have a positive impact on their organization and to achieve personal success as a natural consequence can apply the powerful yet straightforward concepts in the book starting immediately. Sydney Finkelstein has done the hard work of proving, through deep research and analysis, and showing, through colorful stories and examples, that the way the best leaders succeed is by unleashing creativity, innovation, and motivation through their approaches to hiring and management. But here's the best news - these lessons are teachable and directly applicable, whether you are a chief executive, a soccer coach, or an aspiring young professional. " --James M. Citrin, Author, The Career Playbook and Leader, CEO Practice, Spencer Stuart "A smart leader surrounds himself with smart people. Through his book, Superbosses, Sydney shows the surprising ways leaders actually find, develop, and grow a team of curious, talented individuals." --Millard Drexler, Chairman and CEO J.Crew Group "Maybe you're a decent boss. But are you a superboss? That's the question you'll be asking yourself after reading Sydney Finkelstein's fascinating book. By revealing the secrets of superbosses from finance to fashion and from cooking to comic books, Finkelstein offers a smart, actionable playbook for anyone trying to become a better leader." --Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell Is Human and Drive "We have long recognised Sydney Finkelstein as one of the world's leading management thinkers. With Superbosses, he demonstrates why. It is a riveting, inspiring and practical tour de force." --Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove, founders, Thinkers50 "This book could make some bosses angry--and that's a good thing. Finkelstein's examination of what actually makes a legendary leader goes against the grain of much standard management 'best practice' and offers a whole new way to think about talent." --Kevin Roberts, executive chairman, Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide "Complete with valuable information for managers and their subordinates, this volume provides great advice for the practice of management." --Library Journal "Superbosses is that rare business book that does more than inform. It's positively hard to put down." --Success magazine

"SUPERBOSSES foster innovation and market domination through the strategic management of talent. Sydney Finkelstein shows you how to elevate your own leadership, Superboss style, to create a lasting, impactful, legacy." Marshall Goldsmith, author of "Triggers " Superbosses shows the incredible impact that great managers can have, both on their employees and on entire industries. As masters of career development, superbosses are both talent magnets and launchpads, remaining valued allies with their proteges long after their official relationships have ended. Syd has written a true leadership guide for the Networked Age. Reid Hoffman, Co-founder and Chairman of LinkedIn, Co-author of "The Alliance" ""Superbosses" is the rare business book that is chock full of new, useful, and often unexpected ideas. After you read Finkelstein's well-crafted gem, you will never go about leading, evaluating, and developing talent in quite the same way. - Robert Sutton, author of "Scaling Up Excellence" and "The No Asshole Rule" The best bosses Superbosses - must foster a culture of innovation, encourage smart risk taking, remove obstacles, and drive change. "Superbosses" gives leaders a playbook to bring out the best in their people. Jeff Immelt, Chairman & CEO, GE First and foremost this is a book about leadership--how the best recruit, nurture and build teams of strong leaders. Consider it a beacon, written about Superbosses who manage talent innovatively and achieve unrivaled success in their field--and written for those who want to excel and play at the top of their game. Sydney Finkelstein has nailed it." General James Amos, USMC (Ret), 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps If you ve ever wondered how some mentors manage to spawn so many star proteges, this is a book well worth reading. Through case studies of legendary leaders across a range of industries, Superbosses highlights new strategies for attracting and developing talent. Adam Grant, Wharton professor and author of "Give and Take" and "Originals" "A smart leader surrounds himself with smart people. Through his book, SUPERBOSSES, Sydney shows the surprising ways leaders actually find, develop, and grow a team of curious, talented individuals." Millard Drexler, Chairman and CEO J.Crew Group In Superbosses, Finkelstein identifies the qualities that set great leaders apart. This fascinating look at the importance of encouraging innovation and the ability to motivate is useful not only for leadership in kitchens and restaurants, but in all industries. Eric Ripert, Chef & Co-owner, Le Bernardin Superbosses is one of the most important, groundbreaking, and actionable leadership books to hit the market in years. Literally anyone who is seeking to have a positive impact on their organization and to achieve personal success as a natural consequence can apply the powerful yet straightforward concepts in the book starting immediately. Sydney Finkelstein has done the hard work of proving, through deep research and analysis, and showing, through colorful stories and examples, that the way the best leaders succeed is by unleashing creativity, innovation, and motivation through their approaches to hiring and management. But here s the best news these lessons are teachable and directly applicable, whether you are a chief executive, a soccer coach, or an aspiring young professional. James M. Citrin, Author, "The Career Playbook" and Leader, CEO Practice, Spencer Stuart "Maybe you re a decent boss. But are you a superboss? That s the question you ll be asking yourself after reading Sydney Finkelstein's fascinating book. By revealing the secrets of superbosses from finance to fashion and from cooking to comic books, Finkelstein offers a smart, actionable playbook for anyone trying to become a better leader. Daniel H. Pink, author of "To Sell Is Human" and "Drive" Finkelstein offers tremendous insight into an unexplored area of management with his extensive study of Superbosses. A truly important read. Philip Hanlon, President, Dartmouth College Finkelstein combines rich storytelling with practical advice in this surprising exploration of great talents and their superbosses. James M. Kilts, former Chairman & CEO, The Gillette Company We have long recognised Syd Finkelstein as one of the world s leading management thinkers. With Superbosses he demonstrates why. It is a riveting, inspiring and practical tour de force. Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, founders, Thinkers50 "Superbosses-and they are to be found in every industry and every market-are able to facilitate extraordinary innovation by attracting exceptional people and unleashing their full potential through their companies. This book shows you how to do it and then some. Eric Spiegel, President and CEO, Siemens Corporation "Talented management is the key driver of business. Nurturing that talent makes businesses sustainable winners. In Superbosses, Finkelstein reveals how the best of the best succeed at it and offers guidance any manager can follow to be a great leader. Michael Ward, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, Bain Capital "This book could make some bosses angry--and that's a good thing. Finkelstein s examination of what actually makes a legendary leader goes against the grain of much standard management "best practice" and offers a whole new way to think about talent. Kevin Roberts, Executive Chairman Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide "This is a great book that not only identifies the skills of the best leaders across a number of industries, but gives the reader clear, practical guidance on how they can develop and practice the skills of a Superboss." Ken C. Hicks, retired Chairman and CEO Foot Locker, Inc. "Sydney Finkelstein sheds light on an unexplored topic in management with careful research and insightful storytelling. Akira Uehara, President, Taisho Pharmaceutical Holdings Co., Ltd. Finkelstein performs a valuable public service in analyzing how corporate leaders can educate and nurture others to be successful. This is required reading for all those executives interested not only in their own performance, but in developing and promoting superstar talent in their businesses. Kenneth Feinberg, director, 9/11 victim compensation fund "A fascinating study of extraordinary leaders we all know of but few have access to. Sydney Finkelstein's surprising findings offer insight into how great talent is developed and nurtured." Ed Haldeman, former CEO, Freddie Mac and Putnam Investments A ground-breaking and absorbing look into not only how to create the world s best talent, but how and why you might be better off letting them go. Bill McNabb, Chairman and CEO, The Vanguard Group Sometimes great wisdom comes in simple truths, how a leader uniquely creates, manages and activates his "personal " network matters. For leaders, entrepreneurs, and all those people who want to get there, SUPERBOSSES is an inspiring and engaging must-read. Blair B. LaCorte, Executive Vice President, Business Rockstars Network Finally an answer to the millennial leadership puzzle at work. Simply break all the rules about what you thought you knew regarding identifying their potential and unleashing their talent to impact the broader team! Sydney has created a compelling roadmap for great leadership. Jim Weber, Chairman and CEO, Brooks Running "SUPERBOSSES is not a career book--yet it will entirely transform the way you think about your career and that of everyone around you. With riveting stories and deep insight into how standout successes in a number of fields treat talent, Finkelstein offers a whole new framework to turbocharge your career. Tom McInerney, President & CEO, Genworth Financial "How better to learn about talent than to study the bosses who developed the most talent in their industries? In the process, Syd Finkelstein discovered the remarkable similarities across a wide variety of industries in the actions these bosses take to produce talent. The result is a playbook that any and all business leaders can follow to identify, inspire and develop talent in a way that brings the best out of people. It's an inspirational reminder that great business leaders don't just produce results, they create an environment focused on a compelling vision where great people believe they can achieve the impossible - and they do!" Sherri C. Oberg, Co-Founder and former CEO of Acusphere, Inc. "Superbosses offers all managers - no matter where you are in an organization - a blueprint for success. It's always about people, and Sydney's original examples, stories, and insights will stick with you long after you put this path breaking book down. Jeremy Reitman, CEO, Reitmans "Most of us have worked for good bosses at some point in our career. Most of us have also admired from afar great bosses in industry. And, most of us aspire to be great bosses. Superbosses adroitly articulates through examples from multiple industries and endeavors the attributes that make for great bosses that create winning teams. It will change the way you think about talent--how you hire, foster innovation, and even view attrition. An enlightening, and often surprising, look at the real well of success for any industry. Charles L. Harrington, Chairman and CEO, Parsons Corp. "We always remember that one boss who made a difference in our lives by helping us accomplish more than we ever thought possible. Superbosses explains how each of us can become that boss. Greg Maffei, President & CEO, Liberty Media Corporation Superbosses is a concrete study of the mindsets, behaviors and habits defining outstanding leadership practices. Great leaders inspire the extraordinary from people and create unforgettable environments. A must-read for leaders who want to accelerate growth, engagement and purpose in others. Bruno Vinciguerra, former Chief Operating Officer, Sotheby s "Distilling more than a decade s research and probing across dozens of sectors, America s preeminent leadership scholar, Sydney Finkelstein, proves that the ability to uncover and nurture talent matters far more than the mastery of metrics. Superbosses are transformational for more than their companies, teams or non-profits: they instill in their proteges techniques that often revolutionize whole industries. Whether you run a company or dream of doing so, Superbosses will change the way you think about the talent around you and your own." C. Richard Allen, CEO, Snagfilms, Inc."



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