Bullets And Bosses Don't Have Friends

Book 3 How to Navigate Tough Challenges at Work (The $7 Series)

Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
142 Pages
Reviewed on 12/10/2018
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Author Biography

Toni Crowe BSEE, MSM, CLA, PE is the bestselling author of the $7 Journey series. She is an award winning and accomplished executive with 30 years of experience as an executive across multiple sectors including high tech, consumer and nuclear sensors, Aerospace, film production and glass.
Toni has extensive experience in P&L, Manufacturing, Operations Management, and Lean. Toni is the founder and CEO of Just One, which is dedicated to changing lives, one life at a time, by insuring that no one has to make the same mistakes she made.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite

Bullets And Bosses Don't Have Friends: Book 3, How to Navigate Tough Challenges at Work (The $7 Series) by Toni Crowe is a wonderful non-fiction business book that talks about how to navigate a career in the right direction by learning how to deal with people around you at work. Bullets And Bosses Don't Have Friends is written by Toni from her personal experience of working several different types of jobs in various capacities from a staff member to executive management to CEO of her own company. The book is organized well with short chapters, each with a “story” that recounts one of Toni’s personal experiences dealing with difficult bosses, or peers, betrayal at work, politics at play in the workplace, toxic co-workers, sexual harassment, the importance of getting things in writing, promotions and interviews, the role of HR, along with a couple of thought-provoking questions or exercises for the reader at the end of each chapter.

I really liked this book and it is clear that Toni has a natural flair for writing. Her writing style is no-nonsense, yet witty and very engaging at the same time. This book is a must-read for every young person just starting out in their career. It is a gold mine in terms of knowing how to deal with difficult situations at work and, even more importantly, how to deal with difficult people. Knowing how to get along with peers and especially bosses is crucial to any career growth trajectory, and this book warns about some common pitfalls to avoid with some real-life examples. This is a very useful book for beginners in their careers that I would highly recommend.

Jack Magnus

Bullets And Bosses Don't Have Friends: How to Navigate Tough Challenges at Work: The $7 Series, Book 3 is a nonfiction business/occupational book written by Toni Crowe. While this is the third book in Crowe’s $7 Series, this book can be read as a standalone. Toni Crowe is a self-made woman who is sharing her career experiences, starting with an ill-advised partnership with a sociopathic boyfriend who had promised to get her a career as a model, which is the subject of her first book. Crowe escaped that perilous situation and returned to school where she excelled in engineering. She eventually attained the rank of Vice President of Operations for a billion-dollar company and was in charge of a force of 3,000 workers before she retired. The stories she tells in this book are true accounts of her misadventures with some terrible bosses and how she coped with the intricacies and unwritten rules of company politics.

Bullets And Bosses Don't Have Friends is a must-read for anyone who is navigating a career through the business/industrial world. Toni Crowe's anecdotal stories are fascinating, and the takeaways she shares are very useful. My favorite would have to be her account of the elderly, redheaded prankster who made every replacement quake with fear and leave -- that is, until she came along. As with the first book in the series, Crowe’s conversational writing style is a delight to read. Reading as she shares her experiences feels a lot like she’s sitting there having a conversation with you. And while her nonfiction books have been marvelous, based upon her ease at communicating and sharing stories, I’m hoping she considers trying her hand at fiction as well. Bullets And Bosses Don't Have Friends: How to Navigate Tough Challenges at Work: The $7 Series, Book 3 is most highly recommended.

Romuald Dzemo

Bullets and Bosses Don't Have Friends: How to Navigate Tough Challenges at Work is the third book in The $7 Series by Toni Crowe, a thought-provoking and informative memoir with groundbreaking lessons on growth in the corporate world. Drawing from thirty years of experience in the corporate world, this award-winning executive shares secrets on making giant strides up the corporate ladder. While Toni shares her experiences with readers, she allows the wisdom gained through the years to come across in the writing in a compelling manner. In this book, readers will discover strategies that work, the nature of relationships with colleagues and bosses, and how to use them to grow your way up. The author articulates on topics that readers need, especially those who aspire to rise in the corporate world—building positive relationships with superiors, skills and attitudes that help career growth, dealing with betrayal and complex situations at work, and many others.

Toni Crowe writes with confidence and displays the wisdom that comes from experience. She weaves real-life stories into the work and transforms it into a delightful, eye-opening book for readers. The prose is excellent and it is filled with insights and the occasional humor that leaves the reader smiling. This author knows what she is talking about because of the confidence in the writing and the authoritative, yet compassionate tone. Bullets and Bosses Don't Have Friends: How to Navigate Tough Challenges at Work is the book you need to plan your growth in the corporate world, one that reveals the secrets you need to beat the competition and achieve your dreams.

Edith Wairimu

Bullets and Bosses Don't Have Friends: How to Navigate Tough Challenges at Work is the third in Toni Crowe’s $7 series. In this book, she shares her experiences with various types of bosses and what she has learned while climbing America’s corporate ladder. In one section, she explains the challenges of working with a “golden boy”. A golden boy, in this case, is an employee who may or may not be competent and who is answerable to no one for his actions. He gets promoted regardless of his track record. In another chapter, Crowe explores the importance of reading and understanding a contract and ensuring the agreed terms are documented. Other topics that are explored include life-work balance, understanding one’s environment, setting oneself for success through expertise and how to handle toxic bosses.

The structure of Bullets and Bosses Don't Have Friends helped me easily understand the stories and derive the lessons intended by the author. In each chapter, there is the story, the lesson and the exercise. The style of writing incorporates humor and engaging scenes. All these elements come together to create a thoroughly absorbing read. The stories are short and Crowe sticks to the point, which makes the book a quick read. There is also a wide range of topics that any reader will find relevant to their career path. Crowe also investigates racial, class and gender biases in the workplace and presents applicable solutions for each scenario. Bullets and Bosses Don't Have Friends is comprehensive and relevant to the current corporate issues faced by employees.

Lesley Jones

Do you feel like you are entering a psychological war zone when you enter your workplace? Whether it be with a controlling boss, unfair company policies or disgruntled peers? Do you ever wonder why some colleagues seem to get ahead when they do little work? How can you challenge unethical behaviour with dignity in a company that doesn't seem to follow the rules? With real-life examples of challenging situations, the author shows you the invaluable strategies she used throughout her 30-year career in the corporate world. In Bullets And Bosses Don't Have Friends by Toni Crowe, you will discover how to deal with many familiar problems with ease and tenacity. The exercises at the end of each chapter will put you one step ahead of toxic managers, who consistently try to demotivate you. What is the best form of action when your boss is demoted or a peer is promoted? Understand that in the corporate world there are unwritten rules; if you know them, you can stand your ground with confidence.

The author is a natural born storyteller. I spent the entire time reading this book nodding my head in agreement because I recognized almost all of the situations described. The descriptions of HR and the Golden Boy were spot on. I loved the exercises at the end of each chapter as these gave real concrete techniques to use, especially with a demanding, critical manager. I think if I had read this book before I entered the corporate world, I would not have been so stressed and frustrated with the company politics. This is an absolute must-have book for anyone who either already works in a toxic environment or someone about to enter the corporate world. Everyone will recognize the characters described in this book, and it will definitely give you a head start when it comes to dealing with office politics and challenging work situations. Thank you to the author for creating such a helpful, well-written guide.