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Working for You Isn't Working for Me: The Ultimate Guide to Managing Your Boss Hardcover – September 24, 2009
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It's one thing to have a difficult job. It's another thing to have a boss who makes it difficult for you to succeed, begin Crowley and Elster (coauthors of Working with You Is Killing Me) in their second exploration of how to deal with dysfunctional workplace relationships. For anyone who struggles with an inept, unsupportive or even hostile manager, the descriptions of bad boss behavior will likely sound familiar, as will the employee's probable pattern of reaction (e.g., self-doubt, avoidance, sulking, ardently wishing for your boss's demise). Crowley and Elster taxonomize offenders into 20 types (The Chronic Critic, Liar, Liar, The Unconscious Discriminator) and offer practical advice for finding productive ways of coping with each personality through detecting, detaching, depersonalizing and dealing. Because the tactics are fairly similar, the work when read as a whole becomes repetitive; readers are advised to seek out his or her own situation and use the chapter as a self-help exercise rather than wading through advice for every type of bad boss. (Oct.)
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Katherine Crowley (right) and Kathi Elster (left) are the coauthors of the New York Times bestseller Working with You Is Killing Me and the founders of the consulting firm K Squared Enterprises. Crowley is a Harvardtrained psychotherapist, and Elster is a business strategist. Both are speakers and consultants on workplace relationships.
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What I found glaringly absent was what I would call "The Climber" type in the boss category. This is the boss who focuses all their energy on pleasing, and earning accolades from, those above them and ignoring the work needs of those beneath them, a.k.a., their staff. The Artful Dodger is close, but The Climber does not necessarily go around bad mouthing staff behind their back. The Climber's approach is more head-in-the-sand regarding any legitimate staff need that The Climber perceives might cause them to lose favor of those above -- e.g., requests for additional hiring, promotion requests. The number of these types seems to have exploded in recent years based upon my own experience and those of friends and colleagues. Maybe it's related to the rise in social media and related self promotion. Whatever the reason, if your boss is a Climber, this book will not be helpful to you.
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