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Tangling with Tyrants: Managing the Balance of Power at Work Hardcover – March 3, 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: PageFree Publishing, Inc. (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589615786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589615786
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,429,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I would imagine that at least once in a person's career he or she will be subject to a rather difficult boss. It has happened to me four times now out of four jobs. You take a job and are excited to start the work only to discover that instead of a helpful and supportive manager, what you're faced with is an arrogant person who constantly makes you question your own self-worth. It's a difficult work environment and one that is not conducive to productivity. Tony Deblauwe in his book, TANGLING WITH TYRANTS: MANAGING THE BALANCE OF POWER AT WORK, discusses what we as employees can do to resolve this painful situation. This book is quite the useful tool and is full of great information.

Sometimes, it's hard for us to imagine our workplace being any different than it already is. We accept the reality of the situation and, especially in today's economy, keep trudging along and attempting to make the most out of a bad situation. Well, Deblauwe's point of view is that we don't have to just accept a negative work environment. If our boss is what's making our working lives miserable, there are solutions to the problem.

Deblauwe uses his experiences to outline what negative behavior looks like, how it affects the employee and how we can find a suitable compromise and increase the quality of our work environment. This is probably one of the most useful parts of the book, in my opinion. Deblauwe is now just another "expert" coming in and giving his opinion. He been there and done that. He's worked in Human Resources and seen other employees in the same situation. Deblauwe really seems to know what he is talking about and infuses TANGLING WITH TYRANTS with his knowledge.
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Format: Hardcover
Having worked in the field of law for over 10 years, I've certainly dealt with my fair share of workplace tyrants! But, as much as I'd love for Tony Deblauwe to come live at my law firm in order to teach tyrant-management skills to my co-workers, his upbeat new book Tangling with Tyrants - Managing the Balance of Power at Work is an excellent consolation prize, providing forward-thinking strategies in dealing with the inevitable workplace tyrant.

Deblauwe has been a workplace strategist and human resource consultant for years, and his experience shows. Tyrants takes the reader step-by-step through a process of determining whether or not you work for a tyrant, outlining typical tyrant behavior and our reactions to them, and providing fresh strategies for dealing with said tyrant. As Deblauwe rightly asserts "You can't change the person but you can change your approach."

Deblauwe outlines both the direct and indirect methods used by tyrants. Direct methods (as anyone who has ever been terrorized by one will recognize) include criticism and belittling, micro-management, magnification of their own power while directly or indirectly threatening your job. The indirect approach includes passive aggression, backstabbing, and taking credit for the work of others.

Deblauwe discusses emotions in the workplace and why tyrant bosses can cause us so much angst:

We perceive negative behavior from our superior as a threat; not only to how we work, but to how work makes us feel. Our feeling of self worth is difficult to discuss because emotion has no place in most corporate settings...
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Format: Hardcover
Tony Deblauwe's approach to dealing with an abrasive, domineering boss is both insightful and inspired. He avoids the path of the typical "survive your bully boss" books by providing the reader with a process for analyzing the dynamics underlying tyrannical workplace behavior and then offers specific steps to deal with the situation.
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This book is the first one I've read on my bully boss that had reasonable suggestions. Clearly, confronting a true bully or tyrant is NOT healthly for your employment. Tony gives you a new perspective to use and it's made all the difference to me. I don't come home crying or depressed any more, thanks to this book. Other books may have said much the same thing, but the way he phrases things and the way he has so much empathy for the struggling employee is fantastic! THANK YOU SO MUCH TONY!
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Format: Paperback
Obviously if you have a less than desirable work relationship with your boss then you must read this book. But it's so much more! As a life, business and wellness coach I believe this book will help everyone to learn more about how we interact with others and how to get better results in life.

A big part of a relationship is YOU and that's what you have control over. When you gain understanding about your actions you may realize there are opportunities for improvement. As Tony states in the book it may not change the other person but will change you and your outcomes.

Tony not only explains the behaviors of a Tyrant but some reasons for their behavior. This alone can help you to be more understanding.

But what I loved the most is that Tony clearly explains how we add fuel to the fire. You will learn about the Recipient Profile -- The person that acts like a victim, focuses on blame, makes assumptions, justifies their behavior, lacks big picture thinking, is reactionary or negative... You will begin to realize that resorting to these actions actually sabotages your results, leaves you feeling powerless and gives more power (and justification) to the Tyrant. We are contributors to our results and emerging above these behaviors is empowering.

Every chapter ends with an exercise. This is a practical hands-on approach that does not just give you ideas but ways to practice, learn and apply your new found knowledge.

Since we all on occassion resort to the Recipient Profile we can all benefit, so get a copy for yourself and the people you care about.
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