Bad Bosses, Crazy Coworkers and Other Office Idiots: 201 Smart Ways to Handle the Toughest People Issues


Have you confronted any of these coworkers or bosses recently?

  • The Grumpy Martyr
  • The Boss's Pet
  • The Credit Snatcher

Bad Bosses, Crazy Coworkers & Other Office Idiots is designed to help people with all their office issues, from an exasperating coworker to a boss from hell. This book helps readers quickly pinpoint their problems and ...

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Have you confronted any of these coworkers or bosses recently?

  • The Grumpy Martyr
  • The Boss's Pet
  • The Credit Snatcher

Bad Bosses, Crazy Coworkers & Other Office Idiots is designed to help people with all their office issues, from an exasperating coworker to a boss from hell. This book helps readers quickly pinpoint their problems and implement immediate tactics to resolve them.

Vicky Oliver has helped more than 5,000 working people at different levels in different fields resolve their work problems. Bad Bosses, Crazy Coworkers & Other Office Idiots is a direct result of what she has learned as a career expert who has made herself available to help people in their times of need.

With this book in hand, readers will have the answers to all their difficult work issues and will see their job satisfaction skyrocket.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402212536
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 438,576
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Vicky Oliver, author of 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions and Power Sales Words, is an award-winning career expert. Ms. Oliver's numerous articles have appeared in the New York Times Job Market Section, Adweek magazine, and on Crain's New York Business website. She lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: If You Can Recognize the Problem, You Can Find the Solution     xiii
Bosses from Hell (80 Problems/Solutions)
Big Sister Is Watching You...: every time you turn around, she's there     3
The Boss Who Doubles as the Wizard of Oz...: the absentee boss     15
The Doddering Mascot...: he's seen his heyday, and passed it     25
Good Cop/Bad Cop...: you've got twice as many management headaches     35
The Management Junkie...: he loves to tinker with the structure     47
The Predator...: he's eyeing you, and not just for a promotion     59
The Inherited Boss...: he's got big plans (to replace you)     69
The Credit Snatcher...: when it comes to getting credit, she's the company's only asset     83
The Bully...: he uses his power to frighten the troops     95
The Coward...: he won't stand up for the work or his people     107
The Temporary Boss...: the hired gun     119
The Spin Doctor...: he conjures up new business projects out of thin air     129
The Insatiable Narcissist...: she sees every project as a reflection of her own greatness     141
Enraged and Addicted...: the rageaholic boss     151
The Sheltered Sultan...: he fails to see the handwriting on the wall     163
Swindlers, Defrauders, and Company Cheats (Know Anyone LikeThis?)... it's impossible to get a straight answer about the bottom line     173
Colleagues from Purgatory (90 Problems/90 Solutions): And now, for the problem adults down the hallway...
The Coddled Superstar...: she insists on special treatment     187
The Grumpy Martyr...: he's got an incurable sense of entitlement     197
The Employee Nobody Likes but You...: she's dragging down the whole team     209
The Veteran Hack...: he's been doing it the same way since before you were born     223
The You Wannabe (Who's After Your Job)...: she's just like you, only less expensive     233
The Spineless Sycophant...: he bends whichever way top management does     245
Suddenly Single...: she's confusing the office pool with the dating pool     255
Mr. Mumble, a.k.a. The Subversive Employee...: it's hard to argue with him, since he's incomprehensible     269
Your Partner, Judas...: when he's not working with you, he's trying to stab you in the back     279
The Newbie...: she's constantly asking you things that have no answer     289
The Watercooler Wag...: she puts the gloss on office gossip     301
The Paranoid Nut...: he sees all sorts of plot machinations that aren't there     311
The Weak Link...: he excels at underperforming     323
Ruby Rudest...: she's just a rube in a cube      335
Desperately Seeking Approval...: she craves praise 24/7     347
The Bald-Faced Liar...: truthfulness isn't his strong suit     357
The Waffler...: he's too scared to make a decision     369
The Boss's Pet...: she's elevated kissing up to a higher art form     379
When the Problem Lies Within (31 Problems/31 Solutions)
I'm Not a People Person...: I'm not a team player     391
I Hate Coming to Work Every Day...: I'm counting the minutes until Friday     399
Imposter Syndrome...: I feel like I'm faking it     407
I'm Having Trouble Exerting My Authority...: no one ever listens to me     415
I'm a Total Perfectionist...: I hate to delegate     423
I'm Too Smart for This Job...: the people I work with are idiots!     433
My Spouse/Significant Other/Children Never See Me Anymore...: I want my life back     441
I'm a Supremely Sensitive Creature...: my moods control me     449
The Fuzziness Factor...: I'm disorganized, disheveled, and discombobulated     457
Midlife Crisis, Quarter-Life Crisis, or A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the day, I just snapped     465
Conclusion: The Secret of Getting Along with Just about Anyone     473
Endnotes     477
Index     481
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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    Indispensable - A Must-Buy!

    Easy to read, beautifully laid out and humorous to boot, this book is a must-have reference book for anyone that works with other humans. Every personnel problem you can think of is represented by one of the numerous personality types depicted here, and easily found in the perfect table of contents. Problems and solutions are neatly and clearly outlined in each of the book's three parts, dealing with bosses, employees and also (gasp) maybe even you. Besides the wonderful, accessible format, the best parts of this book are the down-to-earth, practical solutions offered by the author. They cover every situation I've ever been in - and they really work! Highly recommended. (I also loved Oliver's previous book 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions).

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  • Posted December 11, 2008

    Wise Counsel for Common Complaints

    Vicky Oliver combines the strategic approach of a military master with the finesse of an etiquette expert to create an easy-to-follow and entertaining encyclopedia of workplace wackniness and ways to cope. <BR/><BR/>Part anthropological assessment and part diagnostic, Oliver allows the reader plenty of safe, real-world solutions to way-out-there behaviors at work. Her guidance is sophisticated and sensitive, and painless to apply. There's added value in the final section, which addresses the failings we may find (if we're brave) in our own business behaviors.<BR/><BR/>Buy the book: It'll help you navigate those uncomfortably close family encounters as well.<BR/><BR/>Raleigh Mayer<BR/><BR/>Raleigh Mayer Consulting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2008

    An excellent guide

    We might not realize this but more than half our waking lives are spent in the confines of the cubicles and plastered walls of our workplaces. Be it a cut-throat corporate multinational firm or a save-the-world grass-root non-profit, any workplace comes with a load of ambitions and conflicts.<BR/><BR/>Everyone one of us has had a despotic boss or an infuriating coworker who has made going to work feel like a trip to the war zone. Not only is our day a nightmare, but those frustrations stay with us ruining the evenings and perfectly planned weekends too.<BR/><BR/>We can either take the bullets lying down. Or we can resolve to do something about our office issues. That's where Vicky Oliver's book comes in. It shows us through examples that we are not alone in our troubles, and the book goes onto list various problem scenarios and gives thoughtful and practical solutions. Written in a humorous eloquent style with plenty of sidebar and tips, this book is easy and fun to read.<BR/><BR/>The book is divided into three section, "Bosses", "Colleagues" and "Problem Within" and answers any issue you might have, internal or external, that is keeping you from achieving your full potential and enjoying a healthy workplace life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2008

    Brilliant and Thorough Guide to Office Politics

    'Bad Bosses' covers every conceivable office creature and every dysfunctional office situation, offering thoughtful advice on how to manage the situation to your, and everyone else's, best advantage. Good communication is a theme throughout, both outbound (expressing oneself clearly) and inbound (i.e., listening). You can read this book from beginning to end and delight in the witty prose. Alternatively, you can use it as a reference tool: go to the section concerning the variety of boss or co-worker who is currently plaguing you, get the advice which the book ahs to offer, then put it back on the shelf until the next species of ofice idiot emerges.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2008

    Terrific book

    This is a fun and helpful guide to navigating office politics. The author provides humorous descriptions of the various corporate characters and the tricky situations they create as well as sound, practical advice for dealing with them. It's a winning combination. I highly recommend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2008

    Wise Advice and a Fun Read

    This book delivers just what it promises--201 smart ways to handle tough people issues at work. Reading it is like sitting down with an extremely savvy friend who will not only give you a wise opinion but suggest a sensible and creative course of action. If you're confronted with an interpersonal job problem, you are likely to find just the prescription here that you need for solving it. And if--heaven forbid--you suspect you're the problem person at your workplace, Oliver has solutions for that, too. The book is arranged to make finding your particular situation very easy. The descriptions of office horrors are right on target and the writing is laced with humor. What if you don't have a particular problem? Read this book anyway. Vicky Oliver's wisdom will help you avoid getting into hot water anytime down the road. Oliver knows a whole lot about job opportunities and pitfalls, and is absolutely frank and clear-eyed about it all. She comes up with great, workable solutions I never would have thought of, and probably you wouldn't have either. If I had young relatives who were starting out on their careers I'd want them to go armed with Oliver's down to earth wisdom. An extra bonus--Oliver knows how to tell a funny story. This wise book is truly fun to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2008

    Double bang for the buck

    There are two ways to read this book: as an informative how-to on negotiating the maze of corporate life or as an entertaining 'field guide' to the sub-species you encounter there. Either way, you'll get your money's worth. As Jean-Paul Sartre noted in 'No Exit', Hell is other people. And that is particularly true in the workplace. Ms. Oliver serves up almost 500 pages of ways to ameliorate that particular hell in a humorous but eminently practical approach. There's even a section that lets you hold up a mirror to see if - or how - you are a people problem yourself. This is a volume you'll come back to again and again, to solve a problem or just to tune up your workplace skills. Highly recommended.

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