Bruce Tulgan

  • Founder & Chairman of RainmakerThinking Inc.
  • Leading Expert on Young People in the Workplace, Leadership, and Management
  • Bestselling Author of It's Okay to be the Boss, Fast Feedback, and many more
  • Business Leadership Advisor, Sought After Speaker, and Yale Lecturer


Bruce Tulgan is internationally recognized as the leading expert on young people in the workplace and one of the leading experts on leadership and management. Bruce is a bestselling author, an adviser to business leaders all over the world, and a sought-after keynote speaker and management trainer.

Since 1995, Bruce has worked with tens of thousands of leaders and managers in hundreds of organizations ranging from Aetna to Wal-Mart; from the Army to the YMCA. In recent years, Bruce was named by Management Today as one of the few contemporary figures to stand out as a “management guru” and he was named to the 2009 Thinkers50 Rising Star list. On August 13, 2009, Bruce was honored to accept Toastmasters International’s most prestigious honor, the Golden Gavel. This honor is annually presented to a single person who represents excellence in the fields of communication and leadership. Past winners have included Stephen Covey, Zig Ziglar, Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, Ken Blanchard, Tom Peters, Art Linkletter, Dr. Joyce Brothers, and Walter Cronkite.

Bruce’s most recent books include the updated and expanded edition of Not Everyone Gets a Trophy: How to Manage the Millennials, and Bridging the Soft Skills Gap: How to Teach the Missing Basics to Today’s Young Talent. He is also the author of The 27 Challenges Managers Face, the best-selling It's Okay to Be the Boss, and Managing Generation X. Bruce’s other books include Winning the Talent Wars, which received widespread acclaim from Fortune 500 CEOs and business journalists; the best-seller Fast Feedback; Managing the Generation Mix and It's Okay to Manage Your Boss. Many of Bruce’s works have been published around the world in foreign editions. His newest book, The Art of Being Indispensable at Work, is available now from Harvard Business Review Press.

Bruce lectures at the Yale Graduate School of Management, as well as other academic institutions, and his writing appears regularly in human resources, staffing and management journals, including a regular column in Training Magazine, ‘Sticky Notes’, and a regular column in the Huffington Post. His writing has also appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers including the Harvard Business Review, BusinessWeek, HR Magazine, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. As well, his work has been the subject of thousands of news stories around the world.

 

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Fight Overcommitment Syndrome

Learn the Proven Best Practices for Saying “Yes” and “No” at Work ...

Learn the Proven Best Practices for Saying “Yes” and “No” at Work

Back-To-Fundamentals Collaboration

Skills for Establishing Extreme Alignment on Your Team ...

Skills for Establishing Extreme Alignment on Your Team

Managing Remotely

When the Workplace Is No Longer a Place ...

When the Workplace Is No Longer a Place

Fight the Undermanagement Epidemic

How to Build a Culture of Strong Leadership   ...

How to Build a Culture of Strong Leadership

 

It's Okay to Be the Boss

Learn the Proven Best Practices of Highly-Engaged Leadership ...

Learn the Proven Best Practices of Highly-Engaged Leadership

Not Everyone Gets a Trophy

How to Bring Out the Best in Today’s Young Talent ...

How to Bring Out the Best in Today’s Young Talent

The Great Generational Shift

The Workforce Is Changing – Are You Ready? ...

The Workforce Is Changing – Are You Ready?

Winning the Talent Wars

Build a Winning Culture of Attraction, High-performance, and Retention ...

Build a Winning Culture of Attraction, High-performance, and Retention

It’s Okay to Manage Your Boss

Learn the Proven Best Practices of the Most Successful High Performing Employees ...

Learn the Proven Best Practices of the Most Successful High Performing Employees

Building New Young Leaders

Critical Skills for First Time Managers ...

Critical Skills for First Time Managers

The 27 Challenges Managers Face

Step-by-Step Solutions to (Nearly) All of Your Management Problems ...

Step-by-Step Solutions to (Nearly) All of Your Management Problems

Bridging the Soft Skills Gap

How to Teach the Missing Basics to Today’s Young Talent ...

How to Teach the Missing Basics to Today’s Young Talent

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Biography

Bruce Tulgan is internationally recognized as the leading expert on young people in the workplace and one of the leading experts on leadership and management. Bruce is a bestselling author, an adviser to business leaders all over the world, and a sought-after keynote speaker and management trainer.

Since 1995, Bruce has worked with tens of thousands of leaders and managers in hundreds of organizations ranging from Aetna to Wal-Mart; from the Army to the YMCA. In recent years, Bruce was named by Management Today as one of the few contemporary figures to stand out as a “management guru” and he was named to the 2009 Thinkers50 Rising Star list. On August 13, 2009, Bruce was honored to accept Toastmasters International’s most prestigious honor, the Golden Gavel. This honor is annually presented to a single person who represents excellence in the fields of communication and leadership. Past winners have included Stephen Covey, Zig Ziglar, Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, Ken Blanchard, Tom Peters, Art Linkletter, Dr. Joyce Brothers, and Walter Cronkite.

Bruce’s most recent books include the updated and expanded edition of Not Everyone Gets a Trophy: How to Manage the Millennials (Wiley/Jossey-Bass: Revised Updated 2016; originally published 2009), and Bridging the Soft Skills Gap: How to Teach the Missing Basics to Today’s Young Talent (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2015). He is also the author of The 27 Challenges Managers Face (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2014), the best-selling It's Okay to Be the Boss (HarperCollins, Revised & Updated, 2014; originally published 2007), and Managing Generation X (W.W. Norton, 2000). Bruce’s other books include Winning the Talent Wars (W.W. Norton, 2001), which received widespread acclaim from Fortune 500 CEOs and business journalists; the best-seller Fast Feedback (HRD Press, 1998); Managing the Generation Mix (HRD Press, 2006) and It's Okay to Manage Your Boss (Jossey-Bass, 2010). Many of Bruce’s works have been published around the world in foreign editions. His newest book, The Art of Being Indispensable at Work, is available now from Harvard Business Review Press.

Bruce lectures at the Yale Graduate School of Management, as well as other academic institutions, and his writing appears regularly in human resources, staffing and management journals, including a regular column in Training Magazine, ‘Sticky Notes’, and a regular column in the Huffington Post. His writing has also appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers including the Harvard Business Review, BusinessWeek, HR Magazine, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. As well, his work has been the subject of thousands of news stories around the world.

Before founding RainmakerThinking in 1993, Bruce practiced law at the Wall Street firm of Carter, Ledyard & Milburn. He graduated with high honors from Amherst College, received his law degree from the New York University School of Law, and is still a member of the Bar in Massachusetts and New York. Bruce continues his lifelong study of Okinawan Uechi Ryu Karate Do and holds a sixth degree black belt, making him a Renshi master of the style. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut with his wife Debby Applegate, Ph.D., who won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for her book The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher (Doubleday, 2006).