Category Archives for Career Goals

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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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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Calm Them Down . . . And Manage Up

Sometimes it’s hard to know which is preferable: staying in an untenable situation such as working for a Terrible Office Tyrant™ (TOT) or overbearing boss (see The Detroit News) – or starting over with record numbers of job-hungry candidates. Given today’s outsourced, downsized mindset, it’s more critical than ever to ensure that your own career […]

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Calming Your Job Jitters

The unemployment climate has made even the most confident employees nervous as recently discussed in Inc. and our national study. With workplace stress up, it’s not only your manager’s responsibility to ease your worries. You can take proactive steps to overcome these jitters. As one proverb says, “Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is.” […]

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Squeaky Wheels and Your Job

Dear Lynn, I was recently passed over for a promotion after taking over the jobs of two other people – for five months. And the work still keeps coming. I know that in this economy I have to be careful, yet when I look around, I see “squeaky wheels get all the grease,” at least […]

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More on the Downsized Office, “Surprise Boss”

As I mentioned in my last blog, layoffs are reshuffling people and departments constantly. Many employees don’t know what to expect from day to day, including how this environment will impact their own job duties. Flexibility is the word of the day. But when you have a newly “inaugurated” boss as a result of a […]

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My Newly Inaugurated Boss

Dear Lynn, My boss was just laid off last week. Suddenly I have a new one, who got pulled over from another department, and is now doing two jobs. She’s totally different from my former supervisor, who I loved. She literally stands behind me and watches me work. It makes me sweat! I’m not sure […]

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Turning A Good Job Into A Great Job

You spend over one-third of your day at work if you are lucky! Just like everything else in life, you need to enjoy what you do and that includes work. You probably already feel that while your job may have its ups-and-downs, it’s a pretty good job. However, when you spend that much time at […]

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Managing Up: Communication Is The Key

Although having a childish boss might make you want to tear your hair out, you can take steps to improve the situation. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some tips about Managing Up. The first one is all about communication. When dealing with your manager, whether he’s a Terrible Office Tyrant™ or an […]

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