How to work effectively with a difficult boss


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    Key Books

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

    How to Work for an Idiot: Survive & Thrive-- Without Killing Your Boss

    Work Abuse: How to Recognize and Survive It

    5 Ways to Manage Your Boss

    "Successfully managing a boss is a challenge but often achievable. Here are some practical things you can do to manage your boss without sabotaging your job."

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    User: anonymous
    Date: 10/6/2008 6:19:00 PM

    Your boss sends you to do a job. You do it the way it will work the best but your boss disapproves. He changes the format and it goes horribly wrong. He refuses to accept responsibility blaming the outcome on you. What do you do?

    User: anonymous
    Date: 10/9/2008 4:38:00 PM

    my boss expects so much out of me. But I know and she knows I can handle it. The problem is she will always find the bad and never the good. She doesn't ever tell me that I am appercated.How do I DEAL WITH THIS.

    User: anonymous
    Date: 11/11/2008 12:30:00 PM

    First off they are your bosses. They are not your leaders. That is something that many bosses lack...leadership. I think of my pathetic bosses as motivation on what not to ever do when I'm in that position. Its all a learning and growing experience. Take it and learn from it. Let your people know that you appreciate them, etc.

    User: anonymous
    Date: 12/6/2008 4:59:00 PM

    Wow, you really hit the nail on the head. That is only positive thing, I can take from bad bosses, is know how not to treat people.

    User: anonymous
    Date: 12/10/2008 8:54:00 PM

    out of work area for two months investigated an still out of work area other investigated and released still i am out of work area unable to earn overtime

    User: anonymous
    Date: 12/14/2008 6:56:00 AM

    These 5 ways may work if the boss has somehow an open mind. But again they are not that difficult boss in that case. There are bosses I have seen who are not manageable by any mean once they have decided that they do not like me anyway. I believe that there is something wrong with the recruitment process since the last 15 years.

    User: anonymous
    Date: 1/11/2009 9:56:00 PM

    My manager is a liar, complains about her staff all the time, does not accept responsibility for her actions, blames others for her mistakes, yells at her employees, leads a bad example and then expects respect, what do you do when you are lied about over and over and over? She is also controlling to the point she is angered at the fact two employees are close outside of work and wants it to end, she needs some serious help!

    User: anonymous
    Date: 1/11/2009 10:01:00 PM

    Why should we manage our bosses, they are paid the money and gain the perks for managing, its time that they step up to the plate...5 ways to manage your boss should never even exist! Your paid to do the job then do it!

    User: eva
    Date: 6/10/2009 8:31:00 PM

    My boss hired a law student that just graduated to be my boss in the government. I had been doing my position for 10 years (after a total of 20 yrs with the same dept.) and the senior mgr wanted me to train the new law student how my job is done and how to be my boss. The new law student graduate said things to me such as, "I know you NEED this job" and "We are going to make your pay one level lower than it is now." Bare in mind, she had no comprehension of my actual job.

    User: librastar
    Date: 10/3/2009 12:22:00 AM

    My manager is a nice, jolly guy...initially I liked him. But I have worked for the same company for nine years and have the status of a new hire while others advance and even new hires get opportunities I'm denied. I've tried speaking to my manager about this times and would get blown off very nicely, saying I'm taking this all to seriously, I need to take a vacation. He just says I need to be more bubbly and makes comments about my personality. He's not an ogre...comes off as a very nice guy...if I can just let it go and accept my place as lowest of the low with no opportunity to advance...then he's great to work for.

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