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way too complicated
on October 12, 2009
This book offers one useful concept, which is to identify 20 different types of toxic boss behaviors. In the general trend of many self-help books, they offer clever, catchy categories. In this case, it does help to show how to zero in from a generalized feeling of being persecuted to getting a handle on some specific ways you might be persecuted. HOWEVER: once the authors try to get more clever, they set up such an overcomplicated matrix that's it's almost impossible drudgery to read the whole second half of the book. For 20 different types of bosses, they then define 10 different types of workers, & spend the next 150+ pages plowing through the combinations in several different ways. WAY TOO COMPLICATED! So you, the reader, will wind up skimming the whole rest of the book impatiently to bypass what does not pertain to you, but you will get lost in a maze of headings and subheadings and lots of broken up text. Most disappointing, though, too many of their suggestions for "dealing" come down to silly diversions -- like, do "photo therapy" (put up pictures in your cubicle to remind yourself there's more in your life than a boss?),get exercise, have hobbies, turn to other people for validation (your boss will love that), do yoga, suck it up, or maybe give up and look for a new job. Wow! This book claims to be "the ultimate guide to managing your boss." It's not. What it really seems to be is an ultimate guide to distracting yourself.