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    Managing Up: 59 Ways to Build a Career-Advancing Relationship with Your Boss

    What Your Boss Doesn't Tell You Until It's Too Late: How to Correct Behavior That Is Holding You Back

    How to Manage Your Boss: Developing the Perfect Working Relationship

    How to survive a bad manager -

    "The best advice for having a bad manager is to seek other employment. Don’t undervalue your happiness: it’s impossible to be happy if you work directly for someone you can’t stand. It may be difficult to find another job, but if you are willing to make compromises in other areas (salary, position, project, location, etc.) it will certainly be possible. Being happy and underpaid is a much better way to spend a life than unhappy and anything else."

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    User: anonymous
    Date: 7/13/2006 9:28:00 AM

    Many people work for a good company but their immediate supervisor is bad. This has happened at many of the places I have worked at. Giving up and moving to another job is only good advice if you don't care about the job. If you like the company you work for then you have to find some way to wait-out the bad supervisor. These people always find some way to trip themselves up and they get fired or quit. Hang in there, keep a good attitude and don't let a bad supervisor take you down with them.

    User: anonymous
    Date: 4/22/2007 11:27:00 PM

    If managers are unable to plan, what are some of the likely outcomes for both the managers and their organization

    User: anonymous
    Date: 5/27/2007 10:50:00 AM

    Why should you leave when the supervisor is incompetent. I work in public service, and a lot of people depend on me and my co-workers. The entire employee population is aggravated by this person,who by the way is past retirement eligibilty, with a good retirement plan. This person just won't leave. This person is also the cause of our high employee turnover rate as it is. "I don't believe giving up is an option" but I have contemplated it several times.

    User: anonymous
    Date: 5/30/2007 12:39:00 AM

    It's amazing what a difference in morale and job satisfaction a good or bad supervisor can make. I agree with the first entry but also with the second. I think that my bad supervisor will definitely "hang himself" once he gets enough rope, and I will just wait him out, although I am definitely keeping my eyes and ears open for other job possibilities.

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