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Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job Hardcover – July 20, 2009
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— - JOYCE LAIN KENNEDY, national career columnist, Tribune Media Services, author of multiple career bestsellers, including Resumes For Dummies.
"Every firm will want to ensure that they are not a TOT incubator!"
— SABEER BHATIA, cofounder of Hotmail, visionary, developer of the "Silicon Valley of India"
"Lynn Taylor helps you decode your boss...what barbs mean and how to deflect them."
"A savvy work read."
— MORE MAGAZINE
"Useful to many who feel trapped dealing with bad upper management."
— VIV MAGAZINE
"Insightful and practical…for anyone (and that means everyone) with a boss."
— ROBIN KOVAL, bestselling coauthor of The Power of Nice & The Power of Small
"Nobody understands the psychodynamics of workplace relationships like Lynn Taylor."
—DAPHNE ROSE KINGMA, bestselling author of ten relationship books, 6-time Oprah guest
"The advice in Taylor's book is preferable to going on the hunt for another job, except as a last resort."
"Well-researched and thought-out…Being able to identify behaviors and their triggers, and use of Taylor’s coping strategies, will increase productivity and bring out the best in every employee — from the top down."
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In Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant (TOT), Lynn Taylor gives you practical, real-world tactics for dealing with childish boss behavior without sacrificing your principles or exacerbating office strife. Wielding truth wrapped in hilarity, Taylor takes you behind the bossy blustering so that you can achieve your goals—and career excellence. Bosses will also benefit from this guide to gain insight on what not to do with their teams. If you are a CEO, you know instinctively that Terrible Office Tyrants (TOTs) wreak havoc in your company, harming the bottom line. A special section will help you stop TOT behavior in its tracks–for a more humanized, productive workplace.
Like you, Taylor knows childish behavior when she sees it. In fact, bad bosses and kids who act out have plenty in common. But tirades, moodiness, and demanding behavior don't have to ruin your workday. In Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant (TOT), Taylor shows you how to build positive relationships with even the most out-of-control boss and thrive in your job. The key to success lies in dealing with a TOT much like a parent deals with a troublesome toddler.
No matter what kind of TOT you face each day, Taylor profiles them all here—from brats to little lost lambs—and shows you how to successfully manage their behavior for the sake of your career and your sanity. Based on extensive interviews and in-depth research, this indispensable guide demonstrates that with the right approach, you can tame your TOT.
More About the Author
As CEO of Lynn Taylor Consulting, she provides research-based, lively seminars to organizations on how to establish a more productive workforce. She has been interviewed on NPR, Fox, ABC Network TV and HuffingtonPost.com, and has been quoted in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and hundreds of other media outlets over 20 years. Taylor has coined such terms as "Gen U," for Generation "Unretired" and "Tempreneur," for entrepreneurial project workers. She often addresses topics on careers, job searches, hiring, managing up and "how to humanize the workplace" in the news media.
Taylor received her B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from New York University and lives in Southern California. For more information, visit TameYourTOT.com, LynnTaylorConsulting.com, or their blogs, or call 1-800-454-0083.
Top Customer Reviews
I must admit that when I've been under pressure over the years to meet deadlines, there have been times when I behaved a bit like a tyrant. I have sometimes felt that my staff needed to be scolded like kids, before they did their job correctly. I believed that I had that right, because I paid them. From my point of view, I felt that a boss has every right do so because he (or she) is just that, "the boss." When I finally realized that they were laughing behind my back, I decided to seek advice on "Bossism."
After seeing Ms. Taylor's interview on TV, I decided to buy her book. Boy, what a lesson I learned! I wish I had read it sooner. It made me start to look at my employees from their perspective of me. I've begun to change my behavior and have started appreciating the employee's perspective of working for a bossy boss.
I'm now a little more sensitive to my own actions too. When my assistant seemed frustrated recently, I spent the time to understand what was really bothering her, instead of avoiding it, which I typically did before. I like the idea that TOTs are not bad bosses or people all the time, they're just kids that need training or "taming," and that we all can be TOTs if we don't watch ourselves. (Maybe someone's using this book on me...good for them!) This is definitely worth buying.
Clearly, her strategy is useless, the further up the corporate ladder you try to tame; awkward manipulation of Taylor's methods could lead to an early retirement. Its application is best suited for the conventional small to mid-sized offices, where face to face interaction is going on. Even then, the devious boss who's already read this book may think they're tyring to be worked over and react in a more negative fashion than before the attempted "attitude adjustment".
Regardless, there are enough relevent observations to make this a book to recommend to any beleagured employee trying to come to grips with a boss who acts like a three year old. Hang in there. You'll probably last longer than the boss, anyway.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I couldn't even get to the third chapter in this book. I'm not sure if it's just because I've never been around toddlers or what but the constant comparison of "treat your boss... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
I've read many books about how to understand your boss, office politics, how to get a raise, etc. The only problem is that all of them assume that someone in management is... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jessica
This book depicted my boss pretty well. Reading made me feel a lot better that I am not the only one in the world with a tyrant of a boss.Published 14 months ago by Eric Sheahan
The book provides good strategies and ways of categorising personality which are helpful for dealing with all types of people. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ziggy
I love this book because it covers every single personality trait I have to deal with almost daily. My boss (& customers) can be demanding and self-centered, throw tantrums and... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Joel George