Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

If you have ever had a lousy boss, then Management Culture is for you! Since we have all had less than ethical, wholly inept, completely unknowing, mean or rude managers or supervisors at some point in our careers, it is definitely helpful to know how to manage them. But Management Culture is much more than a “how to manage your boss” discussion; it focuses on all of the meaty issues such as attitudes of employees and employers and answers the questions we’ve all never known to ask. Such as: Who actually owns you when you are at work?

The chapters cover topics like who owns the worker, the work and the organization, the real motivators to get employees to increase productivity (coercion, control and domination or compliance, resignation and submission), and discuss how an organization can work to motivate employees if the managers understand and value the work product of the staff (instead of taking them for granted at every turn).

Each chapter begins with a real life case study that serves as an example for the reader to hang on to when reading and interpreting the chapters. I especially liked the section on “who owns the worker”? I made my own list of examples of former bosses who took advantage by not respecting my attempts at a work/life balance – and isn’t that the point?

The reader will be left with many questions, which just means that you will have plenty of information (and in my case sever flashbacks to former bosses) to process. To me, it was very interesting to try and interpret what type of management cultures I participated in in the past and whether the supervisor was treating me fairly or not.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who has wondered if a boss had overstepped a boundary, or considered setting new boundaries with an existing supervisor or manager.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Denise Moreland. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.