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A Survival Guide for Working With Bad Bosses: Dealing With Bullies, Idiots, Back-stabbers, And Other Managers from Hell [Paperback]

Gini Graham Scott Ph.D.
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Book Description

November 25, 2005 0814472982 978-0814472989
Being saddled with a terrible supervisor can turn even the best job into a nightmare. Unfortunately, not every boss is the great symbol of managerial perfection one would hope for. In fact, more people than not consider themselves stuck with a ""bad boss."" But short of remaining miserable or quitting a job, what can be done about it? A Survival Guide for Working with Bad Bosses provides readers with savvy, practical advice for coping with managers and supervisors who are mean, incompetent, unethical, and worse. The book includes powerful strategies for not only working with -- but thriving under -- such bad boss types as: * The Great Betrayers -- how to defend yourself against a corporate backstabber * The Know-Nothing Bosses -- what to do when a boss is clueless * The Bad Communicators -- how to respond when a boss is consistently unclear Whether a boss is high-strung, incompetent, or a power-mad tyrant, this book has the solution.

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Editorial Reviews


""Consider this to be the guide of all guides to dealing with bad bosses; it’s both an easy book to read, and one that is very thorough….If you are having trouble dealing with your boss, this book will be well worth its price in helping you find solutions."

--Houston Chronicle

""Packed with hands-on advice to keep frustrated employees from shrieking and running naked towards a cliff, and living to achieve professional success. Good tips!"

----Joyce Lain Kennedy, nationally syndicated columnist


" ""I wish I had A Survival Guide for Working with Bad Bosses ten years ago when I went through three bad bosses in a row, and thought I was the only one at fault! As a career and business coach, I will definitely recommend this book to my clients because it has no-nonsense, practical tips on what to do. It also helps new bosses avoid these pitfalls themselves. I love this book!""---Susan Urquhart-Brown, M. A.; author of The Accidental Entrepreneur; Principal of CareerSteps123 Coaching in Oakland, California

""For Gini's sake, I hope she hasn't personally had to deal with the entire array of ""bosses from hell"" she describes in her new book! Most employees, unfortunately, will be able to relate to at least one of the vignettes she's compiled. Blessedly, they will also find tried-and-true solutions to whichever situation they're currently facing. Thanks to Gini for telling it like it is!"" -- Shari Dunn, Managing Principal, CompAnalysis

""Gini Graham Scott has done it again! This is a terrific book with some great hands-on advice. As always, Gini combines practical sense and fun. Pick it up -- laugh and learn!"" -- Dale Marie Golden, Vice President, Private Banking, Wells Fargo Bank

""With examples from real work situations that resonate, Gini Graham Scott’s new book offers pragmatic ways to respond for anyone who has a difficult boss, and who wants to exert influence and a degree of control."" -- Claire Kinlaw, Ph.D.; Developmental Products, Inc.; project team development consultant

""Everyone should add this book to their HR library!"" -- Joe Haraburda, President, Chief Executive Officer, Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce"

Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM (November 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814472982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814472989
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

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78 of 83 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy bad workplace advice! February 4, 2007
I used the advice in this book to deal with a bad boss and the toxic work environment that was created. In compliance with Amazon's review policy I won't reveal it here. In my case the end result is hostility, harassment, and retaliation. What Scott apparently forgets is that these "bad bosses" will regard ANY challenge (even those advocated in her book) as a personal threat and will use the assets at his disposal (i.e., company assets, discipline process) for retribution AGAINST the assertive employee. And since he IS the boss, he has the full backing of the company, regardless of legality, ethics, or motives. These tactics may work with rational, well adjusted supervisors in employee-focused companies, but in my experience pathological bosses are the rule and not the exception.

Do yourself a favor. If you have a bad boss, find a better job and DON'T buy this book or use the advice contained therein.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Adequate Starting Point January 26, 2008
Reading A Survival Guide for Working with Bad Bosses: Dealing with Bullies, Idiots, Back-Stabbers, and Other Managers From Hell is yet another book in a "set" that I checked out from our local library which I am currently reading my way through (and actually my third by this author). My housemate was recently promoted to a general manager position at a national pizza chain and was supposed to receive on the job training...but typically, has received none. So, we thought it might be helpful to do some reading on the subject of leadership, management and supervision of employees. This book kind of comes at my goal from the back end...being more about what makes an individual a "bad boss." I feel that it is, generally speaking, a good idea to look at things from multiple perspectives, and this book does just that. Overall I would say A Survival Guide for Working with Bad Bosses covers the basics of what makes a boss "bad" and lays out some "real life" circumstances that give the reader a solid foundation on which to begin work on improving relations with any number of bad boss archetypes. That said, Graham Scott's book would probably be useless to anyone who had had adequate management experience (and/or had been in the work force for more than a couple of years) or for those who have already done extensive reading in this area. It's a great beginner book, and I would recommend it without reservation to young people just starting out in the work force or for first time managers to get an idea of what some common problems employees feel create a "bad" manager.

A Survival Guide for Working with Bad Bosses is divided into six sections and five of the six deal with various types over-arching character types (i.e.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You need this book!! March 10, 2006
By A. Lai
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This is THE best book that I have read regarding the "art" of identifying and dealing with difficult people, esp. when those difficult people are your managers. For me as an independent contractor, this is particularly helpful not only in dealing with difficult clients, but also in recognizing them at the interview stage! I wish I'd had this book many years ago - it would have saved me a lot of stress and aggravation! Another note: the ideas and suggestions presented in this book are relevant not just to dealing with managers, but also to your relationships with co-workers, teachers, "friends", and family members. This is a book that everyone should read if there is just one difficult person in their life.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very comprehensive set of options to consider January 9, 2006
There have been times in all of our lives when we have experienced working for someone who for whatever reason did not fall into the "great boss" category. This book however deals with those who transcend mere annoyance and dwell in the realm of the truly diabolical.

The highlights of the book are the rich stories and examples, and the endless options presented to dealing with various difficult and damaging situations. While some of the case studies are a bit generic, they ring true for the most part, which is important. There are few examples of "straw man" set ups here with two dimensional examples and easy fix platitudes.

The book is written well and is easy to follow. Even if you feel well equipped to handle most of the challenges, there will be options here you may not have considered, and a few that may make the difference between success and failure on the job in terms of your relationship and performance under duress.

Overall, I would say this is one of the better books out there on subject, and while it often fails to address the core psychology and personal accountability to the depth necessary (See; "Leadership and Self Deception", "Emotional Intelligence" and others for that), it nonetheless is a useful tool for current and future opportunities to endure the destructive antics of the worst bosses.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Keep looking this one falls short March 25, 2006
By Clayton
I was rather disapointed in this book. It appears that Ms. Graham Scott's prefered method of dealing with bad bosses is just to put up with them and keep things as status quo hoping it will all work out in the end. Pretty lame advise in my opinion. I am looking for a book that actually helps me solve problems not just put up with them.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
No blueprint exists for dealing with a difficult boss, but sometimes a tried-and-true approach can alleviate the problem. Author Gini Graham Scott provides scenarios that illustrate 34 categories of bad bosses. Useful as these may be, they do not make for a smooth narrative. Scott describes each classification and provides a case study and list of possible solutions - though you might find it scary to read about so many incompetent people. Your own bad boss may be enough. Even if you are highly motivated to diagnose your boss's particular pathology, you will need to take some time to determine exactly where your personal nemesis resides in Scott's rogue's gallery of mismanagement. Then, she'll help you devise a strategy. We found the book more descriptive than prescriptive or analytical, but it affirms that you are not alone in your struggle, and it offers guidelines that may help you decide what to do. Here's hoping that the job market remains strong so - if need be - you can escape intact, with this guidebook in your hand.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Really disappointing
I have only reD the first chapter of this book. So if I improves, I'll return and change my review.
The first chapter describes my supervisor to a tee. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Wylie
4.0 out of 5 stars Where do these people come from?
I could have contributed many experiences to this book, having worked with the Good, the Bad, the Ugly and the Just Plain Mean! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Granny RN
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute book but not very helpful
This book identifies the different awful boss types well, however the solutions it provides aren't exactly anything anybody with half a brain wouldn't already know. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Max Kleine
5.0 out of 5 stars Great advice
Down to Earth advice.to staff being bullied.
Helps reader keep a positive attitude while working with different personalities.
Great book.
Published 19 months ago by Mike R
5.0 out of 5 stars Good resource for bad situation
It is amazing how a bad boss can ruin a good job. Knowing how to manage up is a real art every employee should have because it is inevitable you will face a bad boss sometime in... Read more
Published on August 20, 2011 by Terry Pile
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative Book on How to Deal with a Bad Boss
I found this book very helpful in suggesting strategies for dealing with a couple of bad bosses in my workplace. Read more
Published on June 9, 2011 by R. E. Ellis
1.0 out of 5 stars Dated
Is this book really published in 2005? Because some sections seem really dated, especially those related to specific violations such as drug use or harassment. Read more
Published on February 19, 2011 by JYK
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice reference but be sure to own other main books
I've read many books on management, relationships, and dealing with "challenging people". I certainly respect Gini Scott's approach to this issue. Read more
Published on January 22, 2010 by Lisa Shea
4.0 out of 5 stars Necessity as the Mother of Invention
No book like this would ever be written if there was no market for it.
Alas, mankind has not left behind his harsher and more brutal nature that modern civility commands, and... Read more
Published on July 25, 2009 by Patricia B. Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Survival at the office
It is a great feeling to know that you are not alone in the jungles of the workplace. Especially when the advice comes from an expert... Read more
Published on April 2, 2007 by ÖZLEM BAYKARA
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