Category Archives for Bad bosses

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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Make 2010 Bad Boss-Free in Your Company

If you run a company or department, or are an HR professional, the thought has probably crossed your mind: how can you boost morale in 2010 after a tumultuous year? I can offer at least one solution. TOT proof your company, and make it safe for success. Yes…aim to tame the Terrible Office Tyrant (TOT) […]

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Don’t Do This: TOT Boss Stories Told on YouTube

Many people in L.A. on Boss’s Day couldn’t resist using levity to discuss bad, childish boss stories – once they saw the angry yet fearful, 6.5′ TOT boss with his famed pacifier. I guess humor helps us make a point – or at least deal with annoying, seething (or teething!) people.  I often say that […]

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Bad Boss Behavior Is Dragging Your Company Down

Many leading experts are emphasizing the importance of a psychologically healthy workplace for a company’s success. This may be more difficult to achieve now than it used to be. National surveys commissioned by my company, Lynn Taylor Consulting, and conducted by an independent global research firm show that bad and childish boss behavior rose 50% […]

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Restructure Job Descriptions for Growth

In my last blog, I talked about a dreaded corporate disease. Not swine flu, but corporate territorialism. While not as immediately threatening to health, it does affect corporate health. So I’m delving further into it today. As managers regroup after the tornado of the deepest recession since 1921 and start to focus on reconstruction, they […]

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When Bad Bosses a.k.a. TOTs, Mark Their Spot

The recession isn’t over yet, but some economic sectors are sprouting again, so some of your managers if left unchecked, a.k.a. TOTs, may be taking this opportunity to act out in some specific ways. As BusinessWeek and MSNBC point out this week, Terrible Office Tyrants (TOTs)TM are in full season. In particular, TOTs are now […]

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