Category Archives for Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant

Is It Time to Leave Your Job?

Sometimes it’s obvious when you should make the potentially life-altering decision to change jobs. You’ve considered the pros and cons of your position and explored all possible solutions to problems. You know it’s not going to get better.

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Conflict Resolution at Work and Home

The workplace can be a breeding ground for conflict because when you get two or more people together in any situation there are can be disagreements.  My book, Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant™: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job deals with conflict resolution in the workplace, but the fact is, […]

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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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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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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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Time Off During the Holidays

Holidays are already stressful, especially when you’re in a hurry to finish up loose ends so you can make it out the door. But what if your boss is a TOT who suffers from “separation anxiety” and doesn’t want you to go? The signs include a last minute barrage of questions, unreasonable requests or other […]

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Why You Should Job-Hunt During the Holidays

Many people think that the holidays are a bad time to job hunt, but that is a common myth. In my latest BloombergBusinessweek and Psychology Today blogs I challenge that misconception and show how you can use it to your advantage. In fact, even during times of high unemployment, when things slow down at the office there’s […]

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Is It Better to Be Liked or Feared?

Do you find your newly promoted manager vacillating between wanting to be feared and needing to be liked? It may be that the new position requires interpersonal skills that the manager doesn’t possess. He was great at his previous job where working solo was a necessity, but how to lead a team currently eludes him. […]

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TOT-taming for Beleaguered Office Workers

TOT-taming is reaching out to more beleaguered office workers this month with articles appearing in Forbes, CBS/MoneyWatch and Media Bistro. Forbes highlighted Seven Ways to Tame an Office Tyrant — don’t let them see you sweat, listen actively, be a role model, be a problem solver, harness strengths and weaknesses, use humor and show empathy. Of […]

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Holiday Season Separation Anxiety

Having tied all loose ends at work, you are about to take a well-deserved holiday vacation. But do you feel that your boss is uncomfortable letting you go, as if even more is expected of you in addition to all you’ve done? Fear is a big driver, and when bosses – and kids – don’t […]

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