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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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When bad bosses run amok in companies, nobody wins. This book shows readers how to build positive relationships with even the most out-of-control boss, and still thrive in your job. The key to success lies in dealing with a Terrible Office Tyrant (or TOT™) much like a parent deals with a troublesome toddler. With true stories and time-tested solutions, this is the perfect guide managing a boss stuck in his Terrible Twos. Taylor takes you behind all the bossy blustering, so that you can focus on getting ahead – and achieve career excellence.
Savvy top management will also gain insight on what not to do with their team. They know that Terrible Office Tyrant (TOT) managers may not be in plain sight (they don’t leave juice stains on the hallway carpet!) But they do wreak havoc on the bottom line. A special section helps senior management and Human Resource departments mitigate TOT behavior for a more productive workplace.
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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.
- Publisher : Wiley; 1st edition (July 20, 2009)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0470457643
- ISBN-13 : 978-0470457641
- Item Weight : 12.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.8 x 1 x 8.8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #620,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is nicely laid out into the type of boss such as "Bratty & Lost Little Lamb" and then further into chapters on how to deal with common example situations. I bookmarked a number of sections I found useful and wanted to be able to refer back to easily in the future. I have no doubt all of us have had an experience with one of the types of bosses she goes over.
I attend a Manager's conference each year and have already suggested this be one of our focuses in a session during the week. We can all benefit with tips and tricks of handling ourselves in many of these situations!
I wish I would have had this book when I was just starting out, and it would have probably saved my job a few times.
It is hard to know what to do when you are working for a boss who acts like he is just getting rolling into his "terrible twos".
First off, the book gives great examples of boss behavior with examples and descriptions.
Next, there are great examples of how to not only deal with the behavior, but how to correct or turn it to my advantage.
Finally, Lynn Taylor has a knack of making the "classroom" funny and informative.
The examples are useful, easy to follow, and enjoyable reading.
Who knows, you might want to get your boss a copy with the important lines highlighted.