"Library Journal" reviews "WORK HAPPY: WHAT GREAT BOSSES KNOW" in the magazine's current edition. It goes without saying that librarians can be tough critics, since they see more books than anyone, and are often asked to suggest the best for their patrons. So, what did the reviewer for "Library Journal" have to say? I'm pleased to report that the verdict is good and Barnes and Noble is already featuring the review on its site
. Here's what the review says:
"In the 1970s, Geisler (leadership & management, Poynter Instit.) was an energetic young reporter for a major market television station. After being promoted to news director, which required leading a staff of 50, she spent several decades honing her management skills in the news industry. Geisler draws her insights for this book from her curriculum at the Poynter Institute as well as the 360-degree feedback instrument she developed, a performance review that includes feedback from all levels of the organization, i.e., supervisors, staff, coworkers, and customers.
Through reading the text, doing the exercises (which necessitate some serious soul-searching and self-critiquing), and putting her ideas into practice, readers can increase the level of happiness at the workplaces they manage. The examples she shares—both positive and negative employee critiques of bosses—are especially helpful in distinguishing between managerial behavior that will inspire rather than infuriate. VERDICT Though there are no earth-shattering revelations in these pages, Geisler offers sound advice for managers on how to be the kind of bosses employees like as well as respect. If her ideas were as easy to implement as they are to read, the workplace would indeed be much improved. -- Carol Elsen, Univ. of Wisconsin Libs., Whitewater"