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A Survival Guide for Working with Bad Bosses: Dealing with Bullies, Idiots, Back-Stabbers, and Other Managers from Hell

Book Description

Being saddled with a terrible supervisor can turn even the best job into a nightmare. Unfortunately, not every boss is the great symbol of managerial perfection one would hope for. In fact, more people than not consider themselves stuck with a "bad boss." But short of remaining miserable or quitting a job, what can be done about it? "A Survival Guide for Working with Bad Bosses" provides readers with savvy, practical advice for coping with managers and supervisors who are mean, incompetent, unethical, and worse. The book includes powerful strategies for not only working with -- but thriving under -- such bad boss types as: * The Great Betrayers -- how to defend yourself against a corporate backstabber * The Know-Nothing Bosses -- what to do when a boss is clueless * The Bad Communicators -- how to respond when a boss is consistently unclear Whether a boss is high-strung, incompetent, or a power-mad tyrant, this book has the solution.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Introduction
  3. I. Not Fit for Command
    1. 1. The No-Boss Boss
      1. What Should Corrine Do?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
    2. 2. The Pass-the-Buck Boss
      1. What Should Bev Have Done?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
    3. 3. Clueless but Connected
      1. What Should Randy Have Done?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
    4. 4. Scatterboss
      1. What Should Leila Do?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
    5. 5. Critically Clueless
      1. What Should Henry Do?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
    6. 6. The Dishonest “Genius”
      1. What Should Suzanne Do?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
  4. II. That’s Unfair!
    1. 7. On Overload
      1. What Should Brett Do?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
    2. 8. Only Good Enough to Train Others
      1. What Should Tamara Have Done?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
    3. 9. No Backup
      1. What Should Sidney Do?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
    4. 10. No Excuses
      1. What Should Dominick Do?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
    5. 11. That’s Perfect—Not!
      1. What Should Tanya Have Done?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
    6. 12. Promises, Promises
      1. What Should Ted Do?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
    7. 13. No Trust
      1. What Should Rod Do?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
    8. 14. You’re Great, But ...
      1. What Should David Do?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
  5. III. Power Players
    1. 15. Just for Sport
      1. What Should Gloria Do?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
    2. 16. Turning Yeses into No’s
      1. What Should Victor Have Done?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
    3. 17. The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
      1. What Should Shauna Have Done?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
    4. 18. Controlling the Control Freak
      1. What Should Tammy Do?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
    5. 19. Bad Boss in a Big Bureaucracy
      1. What Should Morris Have Done and What Should He Do Now?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
    6. 20. Breaking Through the Bureaucracy
      1. What Should Drew Do?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
    7. 21. It Goes with the Territory
      1. What Should Meredith Have Done?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
    8. 22. Who’s the Boss?
      1. What Should Estelle Have Done?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
  6. IV. Out of Bounds
    1. 23. Dirty Looks
      1. What Should Audrey Have Done?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
    2. 24. A New Boss Is Insulting and Abusive
      1. What Should Evelyn Have Done?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
    3. 25. Call 911
      1. What Should Alex Do?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
    4. 26. Drunk, Disorderly, and Untouchable
      1. What Should Kevin Do?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
    5. 27. The Intrusive Boss
      1. What Should Margie Have Done?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
    6. 28. Party Planner
      1. What Should Patricia Have Done?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
    7. 29. Cultural Divide
      1. What Should Julie Have Done?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
  7. V. Ethical Challenges
    1. 30. Dealing with Danger
      1. What Should Janice Have Done?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
    2. 31. The Cover-Up
      1. What Should Emily Have Done?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
    3. 32. It’s a Crime!
      1. What Should Michael Do Now, if Anything?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
    4. 33. Sex and Faxes
      1. What Should Erin Do?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
    5. 34. Give In to Collective Denial or Leave?
      1. What Should Karen Have Done?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
  8. VI. Putting It All Together
    1. 35. Bad Boss or Bad Employee?
      1. What Should Judy Have Done Differently and What Should She Do Now?
      2. Today’s Take-Aways
    2. 36. How Bad Is Your Boss? An Assessment Quiz
      1. Rating System
    3. 37. Knowing How to Deal
      1. When Bosses Go Bad
      2. Some General Guidelines for What to Do
      3. Other Factors to Consider and Questions to Ask
      4. Some Techniques for Making a Good Decision
      5. Putting It All Together
      6. Today’s Take-Aways:
  9. About the Author