Category Archives for Bad Boss Behavior

Can You Manage Up With a Bad Boss?

“Take a sad song and make it better”   Bad bosses are ubiquitous. It seems the only comfort you can have while working for one is that you’re not alone. But don’t despair. There are few truly incorrigible office tyrants—most bad bosses behave badly episodically. And you (yes, you!) can help your boss improve. The […]

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Have You Seen The Horrible Bosses Sequel?

(I Hope It Doesn’t Remind You Of Someone You Know) Horrible Bosses Two is in theaters, and whether you’ve seen the movie or not, it’s a good reminder to check whether those two words also sum up your current work situation. Bosses with exalted, entitled views of their authority may act out not unlike ‘terrible twos’ toddlers. […]

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Bad Boss Readiness

Prevention Is The Best Cure In the realm of the omniscient Google, “good boss” returns way more results than “bad boss”. Yet, when I talk to people about their work, it’s usually the other way around. Even when giving their boss an overall OK, people still tend to bring up some feature they find annoying […]

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Make Yourself Heard

(There’s No Need To Shout) Problems of communication in the workplace are nothing out of the ordinary, accompanied by various degrees of frustration. Nothing is more frustrating, though, than a repeated failure to get through to the one person your advancement is dependent on. Most often, it’s your boss. Do you ever feel like your […]

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You Can Make Your Next Job A Great One

(Warning: Some Detective Work Required) With employment opportunities improving, now could be the perfect time to apply for a more fulfilling position. But your next job should be the right job, and being proactive in evaluating your prospective boss can result in positive, even life-changing results. Your next job can change your life significantly for the better […]

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How to Manage Tyrant Bosses & Remain Productive

Tyrannical bosses can have any one or several of the bad boss traits you’ve probably witnessed at some point. There are two traits, however, I hear the most about in the workplace – bullying and overly demanding. Fortunately, there are ways to manage up with a difficult boss. As I describe in the Forbes article […]

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Dealing with an Overly Demanding Boss

In a recent Forbes blog by Jacquelyn Smith, titled10 Tips For Dealing With An Overly Demanding Boss, I offered some thoughts and suggestions to help mitigate this type of bad boss behavior. I’d like to share them with you. Here are some observations I made in this very useful article: “An overly demanding boss doesn’t empathize […]

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Look Before You Leap

With the employment picture showing some signs of life, you may be weighing the pros and cons of looking for a new job – especially if your current bad boss is causing you to “sizzle” with anger. However, it’s a good idea to really look thoroughly before you leap or you may jump right from […]

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Where’s Waldo?

How To Play The Game To Your Advantage Modern managers are often pushed to do more with less staff, and it sometimes makes it difficult for them to offer enough face-to-face time to their team. For the employees the boss’s absence can be a mixed blessing. It could lead some of them to show more […]

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Help a Self-Centered, Bad Boss Change His Tune

It’s not that bad or childish bosses— “TOTs” (Terrible Office Tyrants)—are intentionally out to sabotage your career. Many are just “me-focused.” They believe the world really does focus around them in the workplace. Unfortunately, employees who don’t stand up for themselves (diplomatically) can get trampled in their desire to please. I address the issue of […]

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