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Publishers WeeklyEveryone has a horror story about "workplace jerks," and Robert Sutton, whose previous book was The No Asshole Role, has heard plenty. Now the Stanford professor is back with a sequel that provides a well-researched and thorough examination of the boss from hell, complete with numerous strategies for avoiding turning into a "bosshole" yourself. Citing studies, real-life experiences, and often shocking case studies, Sutton clearly demonstrates the devastating impact an abusive boss can have on the workplace. Sutton relays that "A bad boss decreases your chances of getting a heart attack" and, according to research, that "75 percent of the workplace reports that their immediate supervisor is the most stressful part of their jobs." Sutton includes examples of good bosses and behaviors conducive to motivating and supporting staff in sidebars like "11 Commandments for Wise Bosses," "Smart People Tricks" and "Bosshole Busters: 11 Tips for Squelching Your Inner Jerk." The book is aimed squarely at wannabe bosses, and its thrust is the development of good leadership skills, which some readers may find limiting.
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