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Bruce  Tulgan

Bruce Tulgan

Management Trainer & Consultant


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. Based on more than 25 years of research and experience helping businesses level up their culture, Bruce delivers his programs with a blend of humor, insight, and concrete best practices that audiences can put into action the very next day. If you are interested in a witty, best-selling author who has expertise in building a culture of highly-engaged leaders, managing the generational shift in the workforce, strengthening their talent acquisition and retention practices, or teaching employees how to manage up while making themselves more valuable, Bruce is the go-to man! Read More >

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; originally published 1995). 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.

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). Read Less ^

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It’s Okay to Be the Boss: Learn the Proven Best Practices of Highly-Engaged Management

Debunking myths that keep managers from being strong, providing solutions to common management challenges, teaching the fundamentals that drive performance and accountability.

The Great Generational Shift: The Workforce is Changing, Are You Ready?

Providing perspective on the different needs of different generations, dispelling damaging misconceptions, offering actionable advice for leaders managing the whole generational spectrum.

Winning the Talent Wars: Build a Winning Culture of Attraction, High-Performance & Retention

Sharing tools and knowledge to build a winning culture that gives leaders an advantage in the talent wars.

Fight the Undermanagement Epidemic: How to Build a Culture of Strong Leadership

The 27 Challenges Managers Face: Step-by-step Solutions to (Nearly) All Your Management Problems

It’s Okay to Manage Your Boss: Learn the Proven Best Practices of the Most Successful High-Performing Employees

Not Everyone Gets A Trophy: How to Bring Out the Best in Today’s Young Talent

Bridging the Soft Skills Gap: Teaching the Missing Basics to Today’s Young Talent

Building New Leaders: Critical Skills for First Time Managers