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A groundbreaking guide to dealing with difficult bosses by two bestselling experts

In their bestseller Working with You Is Killing Me, Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster taught readers how to free themselves from emotional traps created by difficult colleagues. Now they apply their research and insights to the challenges of "toxic bosses." Sooner or later, we all work for someone we can't stand. When that happens, some people quit, some suffer in silence, and others cope by ...

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Overview

A groundbreaking guide to dealing with difficult bosses by two bestselling experts

In their bestseller Working with You Is Killing Me, Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster taught readers how to free themselves from emotional traps created by difficult colleagues. Now they apply their research and insights to the challenges of "toxic bosses." Sooner or later, we all work for someone we can't stand. When that happens, some people quit, some suffer in silence, and others cope by sulking, obsessing, avoiding, or retaliating. But it's better to take control by applying the four-step process in this book:

• Detect: Am I crazy or is my boss driving me crazy?
• Detach: Accept that you can't change your boss, but you can take back your power.
• Depersonalize: Learn to take your supervisor's behavior less personally.
• Deal: Devise a plan to get what you need, manage your boss, and move your career forward.

Filled with concrete examples, this book will help readers take back their power from even the most challenging bad bosses- chronic critics, yellers, unconscious discriminators, control freaks, pathological liars, and more.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591842750
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/24/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine Crowley

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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  • Posted April 21, 2010

    Improved Organization

    This is much better organized than their earlier work, "Working with You is Killing Me." I can see how they applied lessons learned from that book to this one. Chapter 5 is very helpful, in that it helps you "know thyself' (the begining of wisdom), which helps in dealing with difficult supervisors.

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