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    Key Books

    Does Someone at Work Treat You Badly?/How to Handle Brutal Bosses, Crazy Coworkers...and Anyone Else Who Drives You Nuts

    Coward's Guide to Conflict

    You Want Me to Do What?: When, Where, and How to Draw the Line at Work

    Types of Bosses

    A range of material on different types of bosses along with suggestions on how to deal with them. (Resource suggestions encouraged.)

    Whom do you work for? 8 types of bosses

    "Key to survival is right attitude, language, behavior."

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    How to spot a bad boss

    "To help classify these dangerous breeds, I've created the following list of species and character descriptions of some common types of managers. These types are loosely based on some managers I have worked for over the years."

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    What Type of Manager Are You—Internal, External, or Balanced?

    "A psychologist says whether you take all the credit (or blame) when things go well (or badly) says a lot about you and how best to motivate your team."

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    Spotting The Boss From Hell

    "Just as the interviewer is sizing you up, conduct a discreet personality test on him, too. You may be the right worker for him, but is he the right employer for you?"

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    Online Screening For Personality Disorders

    "Want to find out if you have a personality disorder (or make an educated guess about a co-worker)?"

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    Getting Along With the Boss

    "There is the oxymoron manager, one who has the title of manager but does not quite fit the description. Hochheiser's categories for the oxymoron include Lone Wolves, Firefighters, Powerphiliacs, Con Artists, Bureaucrats, Wimps, and Real Jerks. The names are fairly self-explanatory. "

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    Learning to Manage Passive-Aggressive Bosses

    "Have you ever had a boss who was smart, witty and just the right amount of driven yet you didn't love working for her? You aren't alone. I had a classic passive-aggressive boss and suffered until I learned some strategies for dealing with her."

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    Beware of the Bad Boss

    "It’s as inevitable as death and taxes. At some point, you’re going to have to deal with a bad boss. Here’s how to handle them."

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    Top 10 Nightmare Bosses

    "If you're suffering working for a boss from hell, be comforted by the fact that you are not alone. Check out the boorish bosses below."

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    Managing Your Manager

    "Learning what makes your boss tick – not to mention what ticks him or her off – can help you better communicate and improve your odds of developing a great working relationship. Here are some suggestions." Includes typical "difficult boss" personalities and remedies.

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    Borderline Personality Disorder

    The nine symptoms of this disorder are presented in this Resource.

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    Paranoid Personality Disorder

    "Fear of exposure is reminiscent of Paranoid Personality Disorder, a pattern of pervasive distrust and suspiciousness of others such that their motives are interpreted as malevolent. An inability to trust, doubts about others' loyalty, distortion and fabrication, misinterpretation, and bearing grudges unnecessarily are hallmarks of the disorder. Pathological jealousy, instinctive aggressive counter-attack, the need to control others, and the gathering of trivial or circumstantial "evidence" to support their jealous beliefs also feature."

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    Narcissistic Personality Disorder

    "The serial bully displays behaviour congruent with many of the diagnostic criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Characterised by a pervasive pattern of grandiosity and self-importance, need for admiration, and lack of empathy, people with narcissistic personality disorder overestimate their abilities and inflate their accomplishments, often appearing boastful and pretentious, whilst correspondingly underestimating and devaluing the achievements and accomplishments of others."

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    Antisocial Personality Disorder

    "Around 1 person in 30 (approximately 2 million) in the UK exhibits the profile of the serial bully whose behaviour is congruent with many of the diagnostic criteria for Antisocial Personality Disorder. Some serial bullies meet sufficient clinical criteria to merit the label psychopath."

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    Brutal Bosses From Hell

    In, "Brutal Bosses and Their Prey" Harvey Hornstein identifies six types of brutal bosses.

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    Understanding The Crazy Boss

    A description of three species of tyrannical bosses: “The Conqueror,” “The Performer," and “The Manipulator.”

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    How To Work With Control Freaks

    Why control freaks are like they are and steps for dealing with them.

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    14 Workplace Personalities And How To Handle Them

    "Every office is different, but unfortunately many of the difficult workers in them are the same. Use this list of common workplace personalities and the corresponding links to learn what makes each one tick, how you should respond to them and what strategies will make your office a happier place."

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