Key books on solving problems with and protecting yourself from bad bosses, managers or supervisors, organized by theme areas.
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Reviewer/Reader Feedback: "Roy Lubit's new book is an exciting breakthrough for anyone who has ever had a boss! It's hard to remember that bosses are only people. This book helps you understand what makes them tick, their different styles, how you can manage them effectively from below, and how to get everyone working on the same team. Lubit's secret ingredient is his incisive knowledge of how people and organizations work. A must read!"
Reviewer/Reader Feedback: "The book, "Your Rights at the Workplace - The Things Your Boss Won't Tell You", shows how to identify on-the-job discrimination or harassment and offers legal suggestions for dealing with it. Author and practicing civil rights attorney Leo James Terrell examines workplace situations that include on African American engineer whose complaints of verbal harassment by coworkers and supervisors are ignored by management; and a highly qualified registered nurse who's passed over for a promotion in favor of a colleague involved with the boss. Through case studies like these, Terrell illustrates the "snares, traps and pitfalls your employers can use to oppress and otherwise shatter your life at work."
Reviewer/Reader Feedback: "Designed as an at-a-glance reference tool, this 10-part guide describes 10 kinds of culprits, from tyrants, bullies, and sadists to the pushy and presumptuous to connivers and camouflagers. Each type is first defined, allowing for a peek inside the heads of both victim and victimizer and offering a helpful strategy for facilitating tactful dialogues that serves as excellent advice for diffusing workplace tensions and hostilities.
You may recognize these types as thorns in your side or--worse--real threats to your sense of well-being and work performance. This reference book packs a wallop, not only restoring your self-esteem but allowing you to create better relationships with the people at work who make your life miserable."
Reviewer/Reader Feedback: "a guide to dealing with bullies, backstabbers, incompetents, harassers, and other office offenders. Every office has one...and sometimes, more than one. They can make you dread getting up in the morning even if you like your job-and they can interfere with everyone's efficiency and productivity. Dr. Leonard Felder explains how to deal with them, get the respect you deserve, manage relationships, and keep the workday running smoothly."
Reviewers/Readers Comments: "Using insights based on a psychological approach, especially Maslow's theories of self-esteem, Lipman-Blumen (The Connective Edge) offers numerous examples in both politics and business of toxic leaders who have survived crises and received accolades despite their obvious flaws... The book's strength is the detailed psychological approach to examining the phenomenon of loyalty to toxic leaders."
Reviewer/Reader Feedback: "Is your boss abusive or just a jerk? Grievance specialist Healey explains how "abused" employees can end mistreatment in the workplace."
Reviewer/Reader Feedback: "Starting from very basic skills of setting goals (personal and company), and effective communication it moves into more advanced skills such as reading your boss, your boss's work style, and "the Care and Feeding of a Boss." I particularly liked these more advanced chapters giving tools to review and recognize your boss's working method, evaluate and categorize behaviors he uses, and you use in response, and approaches to use that will mesh the two working styles into a team. Learning what bosses want, (and what they don't want) was also very helpful and gave me several items to implement in my own job: communicating about completed assignments, praising my boss to encourage specific behaviors, and how to improve in needed areas. I am grateful that I do not need the chapter covering dreadful bosses, but it was very enlightening and a very good review of choices that can be made in those circumstances."
Reviewer/Reader Feedback: "Is it you? Are you really just too sensitive to harsh words on the job? Or is it abuse? The authors share personal experiences and walk you through defining the problem, developing a remedy and placing this type of abuse into the larger social context. The workbook format allows you to objectively view your situation and to take appropriate action. Stop feeling powerless; stop feeling as if there must be something wrong with you."
Reviewer/Reader Feedback: "None of the insights are new: we all know that people resist change, don't walk the talk, don't understand their business, aren't team players, ad infinitum. But most business books are either too dense to read easily or are too trite to be relative. Gray Matters is in between and comes close to a bulls eye. I especially like its part 3: 'the Seven Deadly Workplace Sins.'"
Excerpt: "Every year, millions of Americans become victims of emotional abuse inflicted at work. They are damaged to such an extent that they can no longer accomplish their tasks. Co-workers, colleagues, superiors and subordinates attack their dignity, integrity and competence, repeatedly, over a number of weeks, months, or years. At the end, they resign--voluntarily or involuntarily--are terminated, or forced into early retirement. This is mobbing--workplace expulsion through emotional abuse. Ironically and sadly, the victims are portrayed as the ones at fault, as the ones who brought about their own downfalls."
Reviewer/Reader Feedback: "Suzette Haden Elgin, nationally recognized linguistics expert and author, applies her acclaimed techniques for combating verbal violence to common on-the-job situations. Forceful yet non-threatening, her proven strategies will empower workers of every level to recognize verbal abuse, gently defuse it, and replace it with courteous and effective communication."
Reviewer/Reader Feedback: "Whether master manipulator or serious psycho, a bad boss can make life miserable for everyone. Most workers simply can't walk away from a sticky supervisory situation, however; they need to learn instead how to cope as well as thrive. Career expert and syndicated columnist Bob Weinstein proposes ways to do just that. The result is an upbeat handbook filled with solid suggestions for getting along with any boss from hell."
Reviewer/Reader Feedback: "This is a practical guide to overcoming bullies in the work place. The biggest cause of workplace stress in the UK is generally acknowledged to be bullying. A recent civil service college survey stated that almost every person in the civil service had been bullied at one time. Taking a simple, straightforward approach, this book looks at how to recognize a bully, how to protect yourself, how to gather evidence, and what steps you should take to avoid it happening in the future."
Reviewer's commment: "Gini Graham Scott's A Survival Guide For Working With Bad Bosses: Dealing With Bullies, Idiots, Back-stabbers, And Other Managers From Hell provides practical advice to those saddled with a good job and a terrible manager. What to do? Chapters advise various tactics to dealing with different types of 'bad bosses', from handling a rigid attitude with a demonstration of a more profitable path to opening up possibilities for achievement through back door options and handling rivalry between co-workers. A range of scenarios and techniques will readily apply to real-life scenes workers most commonly experience."
Reviewer/Reader Feedback: "Bosses and their employees regularly joust as if engaged in a real-life chess match, but supervisors usually hold the edge because they are generally more familiar with the psychological arts of manipulation and intimidation. Journalist Russell Wild's Games Bosses Play is an attempt to level the game board by providing workers with the ammunition to successfully fight back. Lighthearted in approach but deadly serious in intent, it parlays interviews with more than 100 experts--from employees to executives to third-party observers--into a revelation of the top 36 exploitative techniques utilized by bosses worldwide and the measures that can be used to counter them."
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