The Art of Being Indispensable at Work: Win Influence, Beat Overcommitment, and Get the Right Things Done


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Harvard Business Review Press
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5.5 X 8.3 X 0.9 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Bruce Tulgan is a bestselling author, an adviser to business leaders all over the world, and a sought-after keynote speaker and seminar leader. He has worked with thousands of leaders and managers in hundreds of organizations, from Aetna to Walmart, the US Army to the YMCA. He lectures at the Yale School of Management and is the author of several books, including the bestselling It's Okay to Be the Boss and Not Everyone Gets a Trophy. He is the founder and Chairman of RainmakerThinking Inc.

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Silver Medal Winner for Best Career Book in the 2021 Axiom Business Book Awards

"Tulgan's book is timely, relevant, and appealing" — Financial Times

Advance Praise for The Art of Being Indispensable at Work:

"Bruce Tulgan analyzes, provides vignettes, and summarizes for us the essence of how to be that indispensable go-to person. Do you want to be a better leader, a better performer, perhaps number one in your peer group? Read this book." — Greg Lengyel, Major General, US Air Force, Retired; former Deputy Commanding General, US Joint Special Operations Command; and Vice President, Sandoval Custom Creations, Inc.

"This could be the most practical and immediately usable book I've ever read. Tulgan has found a way to boil down the most complicated and delicate balance inherent in saying yes and no, making commitments, and managing expectations." — Eric Hutcherson, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, National Basketball Association

"For anybody at any level in any organization who wants to be that indispensable go-to person, read this book. Tulgan's research-based approach will show you how to lead from wherever you are—up, down, sideways, or diagonal." — Ray Blanchette, President and CEO, TGI Fridays

"Bruce Tulgan does it again. By zeroing in on the behaviors that make the most successful people tick, he highlights the key attributes that are critical to survive and thrive, despite the challenges." — Susan Unvarsky, Vice President, US Customer Service, Prudential Financial

"The Art of Being Indispensable at Work is a must-read. Bruce Tulgan reminds us that seemingly small actions can make such a huge difference! Great concepts in a practical and pragmatic approach to becoming that 'go-to' person at work." — Vanessa Boulous, Chief Operations Officer, YMCA Retirement Fund

"A must-read how-to guide for understanding the positive power of attitude, influence, teaming, collaboration, building professional relationships, and being a leader in developing a culture of excellence." — Kevin Jacobsen, Brigadier General, US Air Force, Retired; former 16th Commander (Special Agent), Air Force Office of Special Investigations; and Managing Director, Ernst & Young

"Tulgan provides step-by-step instruction on building the relationships that drive success, as well as the answers to questions you didn't know to ask. With this guide, anyone can start building an upward spiral of real influence." — Kymberlee Dwinell, Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion, Northrop Grumman Corporation