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Work Like a Boss: A Kick-in-the-Pants Guide to Finding (and Using) Your Power at Work

ISBN: 9781634893541
Binding: Paperback
Author: Nancy Lyons
Pages: 296
Trim: 6 x 6 inches
Published: 9/29/2020


Nancy Lyons started her career not fitting in anywhere. She was a loudmouth, shared her ideas too much, and brought big energy. But there wasn't room for that in a traditional office. Nowhere did she ever feel empowered as an employee and valued for what she brought to work. So when she became a CEO and business owner herself, she set out to cultivate a work culture unlike anything she'd experienced before, starting with her mindset. In Work Like a Boss, she teaches everyone—boss or not—how to do it too.

Inside, Nancy shares lessons learned through personal experience (and experiments) and what she has observed in her twenty-five years of business leadership. With her decades of skill in developing award-winning people-centered work cultures, Nancy gives you tough-love advice on things you've long forgotten are essential at work:

  • Identifying and using better mindsets and practices
  • Bringing your best self, even when it's difficult
  • Overcoming your bad communication habits
  • Owning your sh*t
  • And more

Real power doesn't come with a title, a promotion, or managing a team. No matter your role or industry, Work Like a Boss will teach you what you can do, right now, to create the conditions for yourself and others to thrive at work.


Nancy Lyons is a national speaker and co-founder/CEO of Clockwork, an award-winning digital agency in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a leader in the technology industry for more than twenty-five years, she has proven that a people-first business strategy wins. She is candid, funny, and always says what everyone else in the room is afraid to say. Find her out in the world at @nylons.


"Every company needs proactive, engaged employees to succeed. Nancy has nailed it! She provides practical skills and actions that anyone can bring to their job, in any company, to achieve great results—and does it with humor and humility." - Gino Wickman, author of Traction and Entrepreneurial Leap

"This book touches on so many tough but important topics at work: fear, empathy, accountability, and more. It's like a manual to building your best work self." - Casey Bloys, president of programming, HBO

"Nancy Lyons doesn't screw around. She will—figuratively, of course—grab you by the scruff of your neck, hold you up in front of a mirror, and force you to take a good, long look at your professional self. And then she'll tell you how to be better. How to be better as a boss, as a colleague, as a contributor, and generally as a person people want to be within the workplace. It's not necessarily going to be easy or pleasant—hard change never is. But if you can take it, Nancy Lyons is here to help." - Kai Ryssdal, host of American Public Media’s Marketplace

"Anyone can make you feel like you can do it all or be it all. But Nancy offers you what you actually need: actionable, practical steps to make you and your work better. Not through hustle and hierarchy, but through humility and humanity. Nancy is a boss, but her book gives readers what most bosses haven't yet learned to give, and what every person with a job desperately needs." - Nora McInerny, author of No Happy Endings, podcast host of Terrible, Thanks for Asking

"Nancy Lyons is honest and entertaining while giving you a kick in the pants. This is an easy and optimistic read for all who are returning to a changed work world. Read it, and read it again." - Julie Allinson, founder of eyebobs