How to work effectively with a difficult boss


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    Key Books

    Who's Pulling Your Strings?: How to Break the Cycle of Manipulation and Regain Control of Your Life

    Brutal Bosses and Their Prey: How to Identify and Overcome Abuse in the Workplace

    The Verbally Abusive Relationship: How to Recognize it and How to Respond

    Managing Your Boss

    "Q. How do you manage the prototypical "difficult boss?" A. Successfully managing a difficult boss is a challenge but often feasible. First, you should try to understand the reasons for your boss’ difficult behavior."

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    User: anonymous
    Date: 11/28/2006 4:33:00 PM

    A nice, big cream pie would come in handy. Ready, aim, FIRE!

    User: anonymous
    Date: 4/21/2007 1:20:00 PM

    Assertive Communication skills books or seminars are invaluable. Also understand that they are likely not just being difficult with you, so don't take it personally. Find out how you can be a better support to your boss and you will likely gain some favour - what do they need from you? How can you help make them look good?

    User: anonymous
    Date: 9/23/2007 11:17:00 PM

    Recording things is useful. I had a boss who kept thinking he had told me to do something when he hadn't. Then he'd get condescending and angry when I hadn't done it. It just started to write things down as he told me, and got the receptionist to do the same. So he'd start to give me/us instructions and I'd say, hang on and get the book. After a few times of him being caught out because he realized that if he told me something it would be written down, and if it wasn't written down it hadn't happened, he admitted that he sometimes imagined he'd had conversations with us. This saved us a lot of conflict. I also have a friend whose boss gives her instructions, then when her boss presents the work in management meetings, if the work is incorrect (because of her poor instructions), insists that her subordinates are incompetent. I think this system would also work for that kind of boss.

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