The Superboss Playbook for Managers
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The Superboss Playbook for Managers

Discover how top managers develop high potential talent, lead by teaching, and foster creative, high-performance teams.
4.4 (774 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
3,058 students enrolled
Last updated 2/2019
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 articles
  • 7 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Discover the concept of the "superboss" and the characteristics that help them succeed
  • Assess your superboss abilities and pinpoint the superboss traits you have and need to develop
  • Use unconventional methods to identify and recruit exceptional talent
  • Inspire and motivate your team of "chosen ones" by conveying a powerful vision
  • Unleash creativity by embracing change, taking risks, and learning from mistakes
  • Adopt a master-apprentice relationship with your direct reports to allow for hands-on teaching
  • Build high-functioning teams using a combination of collaboration and competition
  • Manage a network of your past employees to stay in contact and cultivate chances for further partnership
  • There is no prerequisite knowledge or materials required for this course.
  • You should currently be a manager or have plans to become a manager in the future in order for this course to be most useful.

Do you want to know how the best managers generate and re-generate exceptional talent? Are you ready to learn how to lead from the best of the best? If so, The Superboss Playbook for Managers is your opportunity to learn the best practices used by top industry leaders to shape unconventional, creative, and high-performance talent.

So what is a superboss? In short, a superboss is a leader who creates other leaders. They have particular characteristics and leadership styles that help them develop talent in ways unlike your average manager. Superbosses are always at the top of their industries and aim to get the best out of the people that work for them, in turn producing other industry leaders. You may recognize the names of some famous superbosses, such as Ralph Lauren, Lorne Michaels, and Larry Ellison, but you don't need to be a household name to be a superboss. ANYONE CAN BE A SUPERBOSS, and this course gives you a step-by-step playbook to adopt the most important superboss practices.

My name is Sydney Finkelstein, and I've been a professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College for 25 years. My book Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent was the result of a 10-year research project into the secrets of the superboss. I interviewed hundreds of individuals, spanning many industries, but superbosses all have one thing in common - they spawn top-tier talent. I've created this course to give you insight into how these managers work with their employees to achieve phenomenal success and how you can too.

Specifically, this course will cover:

  • What a superboss is, including the characteristics and types of superbosses

  • How to determine the superboss traits you currently have and those you can develop

  • Recruiting exceptional (and often unusual) talent

  • Energizing and motivating your team using high expectations and an uncompromising vision

  • Unleashing creativity by embracing change, taking risks, and learning from mistakes

  • Embracing your role as a teacher and developing your employees using a master-apprentice relationship

  • Building collaborative and competitive teams and lucrative employee networks

I've also included activities in every section to help you put these lessons into practice immediately within your teams. While the lectures are meant to give you insight into how other superbosses have succeeded, the activities are your chance to start establishing your own superboss identity. Use the activities as stepping stones to figure out which superboss practices work well for you and your team.

I know that this course will not only introduce you to how the best managers lead their teams and industries, but will provide you with actionable tips to start leading like a superboss today. If you're ready to take your leadership and talent management to the next level, please join me in this course!

Who this course is for:
  • Experienced managers who want to adopt new techniques to develop and teach their employees
  • New managers looking to learn the best practices for managing high-performance teams
  • Aspiring managers who want to prepare themselves with a game plan to successfully lead direct reports
  • If you do not currently manage employees or plan to do so in the future, this course is not for you.
Course content
Expand all 29 lectures 01:23:12
+ What is a Superboss?
5 lectures 13:38
Characteristics of Superbosses
Types of Superbosses
Activity: Your Superboss DNA
+ Recruit Unusual Talent
4 lectures 14:12
Find People Who "Get It"
Be a Talent Scout
Untapped Talent Pools
Activity: The "It" Factor
+ Energize and Motivate Your Team
4 lectures 10:59
Create High Expectations and a Performance-Driven Culture
Inspiring "The Chosen Ones"
Convey a Powerful Vision
Activity: Your Team Highlight Reel
+ Unleash Creativity
4 lectures 11:08
Embrace Change and Take Risks
Creativity and Millennials
Learn From Mistakes
Activity: The Micro-Creativity Toolkit
+ Cultivate a Master-Apprentice Relationship
5 lectures 14:51
Leaders as Teachers
Hands-On Delegation
Opportunity Spotters
Customizing Your Leadership Approach
Activity: What are you really teaching your team?
+ Build Exceptional Teams and Networks
4 lectures 12:01
Cohort Effects
The 2 Cs: Collaboration and Competition
Creatively Manage Your Network
Activity: Create a Former Employee Logbook
+ Conclusion
1 lecture 02:04
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