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How to be a Great Boss

Book review: How to be a great boss by Gino Wickman and Rene Boer

How to be a Great Boss sets out to solve the age-old problem of how to motivate your workforce… and how you’re at the centre of the issue.

It is authored by Gino Wickman, the founder of the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS), and the implementer Rene Boer, and is a fantastic one-stop-shop for those looking to figure out how to improve employee morale and motivation.

But what does it cover, and should you be interested?

What does it look at?

The book is designed to be an easy read, and uses each chapter to set out some simple steps to help entrepreneurs, small business owners and CEOs alike. 

It is based around the premise that the modern workforce lacks the correct motivation with one study showing that almost a third of the UK based workforce were not energised by their job. 

The book grabs this observation by the horns and looks at innovative and insightful ways to apply the core principles of EOS to businesses of all shapes and sizes. 

The authors cram so much into 154 pages that not a paragraph is wasted, with the focus on the key skills for bosses to cultivate and how they can ‘get out of the way’ until they do.

A simple, straightforward read, the book wastes no time in getting into some of the practical ways you can enact change and lead by example in your business. 

The book gives the reader simple, effective tools and tips in the form of checklists that can be easily applied. 

Wickman and Boer go to great to lengths to separate the terms “simple” and “easy”: their processes may be simple, but they are by no means easy for even the more seasoned professional to apply. 

While some of the processes may be cumbersome or time consuming on first use, taking a moment to properly review and evaluate these in a real-world setting can pay off dividends in the long run. 

The authors place huge emphasis on the role of the boss in a company: while your team may answer to you, as CEO you are responsible for their motivation and their ability to achieve their potential. 

What is the solution?

The book highlights a series of success stories – and finds they all have one common factor.

It opens by bluntly asking readers if they honestly have what it takes to be a boss, asking them if they have the concrete aptitude, desire, and capacity to lead a team to success and – if not – how to start cultivating it. This drive for steady progress and self-improvement is a theme throughout the book.

Later chapters cover other essentials such as the power of delegation, the best way to secure and retain great talent, and useful checklists that cover management and leadership best-practice and a clear checklist for dealing with internal issues with key staff. 

Should I read How to be a Great Boss?

Yes! This is one of those helpful books to have on the shelf that can be pulled down at a moment’s notice. 

Each of the chapter headings is bracketed into simple, straightforward steps that any professional manager or employer can follow. 

One of the biggest lessons is the focus you should place on supporting the individuals that make up your teams.

The book states: “You may hold patents, own proprietary technology, and have tremendous brand awareness, but in the end, it all boils down to people”.

Simply put: if you haven’t got the trust of your employees, and if they’re not all motivated to work towards the same vision, it’s hard to accomplish anything.

If you want to find out more about using EOS tools to help you create a healthy team, contact our team directly or call +44 (0)7795 667480 for a free introductory call.