253 pages / May 2013 / 1,400 yen (w/o tax)
A former CEO of The Body Shop and Starbucks talks about how to become the kind of subordinate that people in higher positions want to support.
This is the long-awaited sequel to the bestseller 51 Keys to Becoming a Leader People Want to Follow by author Matsuo Iwata.
“I find it hard to get along with my boss.”
“I don’t really know how to communicate or discuss issues with my boss.”
“I want to handle my boss well and work smoothly.”
Some people are faced with these concerns.
Of course, there was a period when even Mr. Iwata was a subordinate before he became the CEO at The Body Shop and Starbucks.
How did he approach his work and training while he was in a lower position?
Also, as a person in a senior position or as a businessman, what kind of subordinates was he glad to have?
Using two perspectives from his experience both as a subordinate and as an executive who had subordinates, the author presents 51 points that describe the ideal subordinate to whom you can say, “I’ll leave it to you.”
Chapter One: A subordinate doesn’t have to be obedient
Chapter Two: A subordinate does more than he’s asked to
Chapter Three: A subordinate doesn’t necessarily have to be perfect
Chapter Four: A subordinate doesn’t need to overreach or strain
Chapter Five: A subordinate can control his boss
Chapter Six: A subordinate should read and study a lot
Chapter Seven: A subordinate should first improve himself as a person
I’m very happy that 51 Keys to Becoming a Leader People Want to Follow became a bestseller. This time, I wanted Mr. Iwata to talk about how to be the ideal subordinate-and that’s how this book came about.
Of course, Mr. Iwata was a subordinate at some point. I imagine he was uncompromising and had to overcome many obstacles. How did the young Mr. Iwata interact with his superiors and build his career to eventually become the CEO of The Body Shop and Starbucks?
Even for me as the youngest employee at my workplace, these thoughts and methods are extremely useful. I recommend this book to everyone who answers to someone at work.