Category Archives for Bad bosses

Mitigate Mid-Management Tyrant Behavior

Tyrannical bosses can do a lot of damage in organizations. In particular, there are two types of bad bosses I hear the most about in the workplace – bullying and overly demanding. Both types can make subordinates fearful. When people are in a protective mode, it interferes with the company’s ability to generate innovation. As […]

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Dealing with an Overly Demanding Boss

In a recent Forbes blog by Jacquelyn Smith, titled10 Tips For Dealing With An Overly Demanding Boss, I offered some thoughts and suggestions to help mitigate this type of bad boss behavior. I’d like to share them with you. Here are some observations I made in this very useful article: “An overly demanding boss doesn’t empathize […]

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Look Before You Leap

With the employment picture showing some signs of life, you may be weighing the pros and cons of looking for a new job – especially if your current bad boss is causing you to “sizzle” with anger. However, it’s a good idea to really look thoroughly before you leap or you may jump right from […]

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A Self-Centered Boss: Burden To The Team?

So, you are doing great, you say. Terrific, now what about your unit, group, subdivision, department – the people who need your leadership? Take a careful look: do you pay enough attention to their needs and problems? It’s natural to be proud of one’s achievements – the results of your hard work and administrative talent. […]

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Time Off During the Holidays

Holiday time is a time for joy, cheer, and perhaps you may feel some adult version of “separation anxiety” — fear that not everything at work is going to be done before the holidays. As a manager, have a plan ready and decide what can wait until after the holidays. Too much pre-holiday workload may […]

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Is It Better to Be Liked or Feared?

If you’ve recently been promoted to a management position or just wavered at times in your career—you may be asking yourself, as a good manager and coach, should I be liked or feared to be effective? In my latest BloombergBusinessWeek article I posted the fact that instead of vacillating between being a feared power player […]

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TOT-taming for Beleaguered Office Workers

If you’re a senior manager or in Human Resources, you know that Terrible Office Tyrants (TOTs) wreak havoc in your business. You want to mitigate the behavior as much as possible. You also want to ensure that your staff is TOT-free. TOT-taming is reaching out to more beleaguered office workers this month with articles appearing […]

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Holiday Season Separation Anxiety

With the holiday season upon us, most folks are planning to take some time off work. But the economy doesn’t take breaks, and many managers may feel reluctant to relinquish control of their team, even when it’s their well-deserved vacation. Fear is a big driver, and when bosses – like kids – don’t have control, […]

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Survey: Boss Behavior Causes Rampant Worrying

We just released this study, which shows the incredible power and bottom line results of a humanized workplace. Please read on:

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Is Your Management Career Poised for 2010 Success?

In Psychology Today.com, I talk about how it’s time to shore up your career and managerial skills for 2010. I’d like to address that here, and wish you much joy in your career and life in the coming year. Many had to settle for a less-than-agreeable situation at work in 2009. But 2010 is upon […]

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