Category Archives for Bad Boss Behavior

New Survey Shows Bad Boss Behaviors Are On The Rise

A new survey commissioned by my firm, Lynn Taylor Consulting, finds that bad boss behaviors are on the rise. The five-year, national comparative study looked at bad boss (a.k.a. TOT) traits and childish behavior, such as Stubborn, Self-oriented, Overly demanding, Impulsive, Interruptive and Tantrum-throwing, and found bad boss behaviors rose by 50 percent! The study, […]

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Getting a Distracted Boss’s Attention

Does your boss have the attention span of a fly? While you’re waiting for her to sign off on a report, is she too busy multitasking — dusting off her keyboard, sending e-mails, talking on her phone — to focus on the job at hand? Leaving you without a clue as what to do next? […]

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When Bad Bosses a.k.a. TOTs, Mark Their Spot

The recession isn’t over yet, but some economic sectors are sprouting again, so bad bosses, a.k.a. TOTs, are taking this opportunity to act out in some specific ways. As BusinessWeek and MSNBC point out this week, Terrible Office Tyrants (TOTs)™ are in full season. In particular, TOTs are now marking their territories like never before. […]

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Timing Helps with Bad Bosses

When workplace frustrations seem overwhelming because of a cranky, bad or childish boss, a.k.a., a Terrible Office Tyrant (TOT), you can quit – or decide what you want and go for it. If you like your job and are up for the challenge, then here’s my advice—focus on getting your timing right. As TOT readers […]

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Do You Report to a Schoolyard or to Work?

If you’re like many working professionals today, you may feel like you report to a schoolyard or playground each day, not to an office. But perhaps the only mood swings in sight are your boss’s mood swings. Bad bosses, or what I call Terrible Office Tyrants (TOTs™) seem to be making rounds these days, as […]

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Dial Down Mistrust in the Office

Are you still in shock by reports of Wall Street failures and bailouts? Do you ever relate the performance of these firms to Terrible Office Tyrants or TOTs™ in your company? If you do you’re not alone. Apparently, a bad boss can go under the radar just like global conglomerates until it’s too late. According […]

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Learning From 2008, Looking Towards 2009

The year is coming to a close… and in looking back at 2008 (quite a challenging fall and winter in the world of work) and looking ahead at the New Year, here are some thoughts: 1. Tough times manifest themselves in many ways. Bad behaviors (such as territorialism or bullying) can be amplified when bosses […]

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Why Do Bosses Panic?

Since some of my recent blog entries have addressed parallels between bosses and children, I wanted to share an excerpt from a recent article I wrote called Childlike Fear, Corporate Consequences. If you’ve ever dealt with a boss who has behaved irrationally, this might help explain why. “Sometimes Terrible Office Tyrants (TOTs)™ panic excessively for […]

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