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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.
Sydney Finkelstein
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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

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┬áinterviewed 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!


Welcome to the Course!
Activity: Your Past Bosses

What is a Superboss?

Characteristics of Superbosses
Types of Superbosses
Activity: Your Superboss DNA
The Superboss Playbook

Recruit Unusual Talent

Find People Who "Get It"
Be a Talent Scout
Untapped Talent Pools
Activity: The "It" Factor

Energize and Motivate Your Team

Create High Expectations and a Performance-Driven Culture
Inspiring "The Chosen Ones"
Convey a Powerful Vision
Activity: Your Team Highlight Reel

Unleash Creativity

Embrace Change and Take Risks
Creativity and Millennials
Learn From Mistakes
Activity: The Micro-Creativity Toolkit

Cultivate a Master-Apprentice Relationship

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

Cohort Effects
The 2 Cs: Collaboration and Competition
Creatively Manage Your Network
Activity: Create a Former Employee Logbook


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