Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant

Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant : How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job

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An indispensable guide to dealing with challenging, childish boss behavior and building a great career, with laugh- out-loud humor built in. Based on extensive interviews among workers, managers and psychologists, Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant(TM) draws hilarious but true parallels between toddlers and managers. When under stress, both often have trouble moderating their power, or lose the ability to think rationally. Traits in common include tantrum-throwing, demanding, stubborn, moody, fickle, self-centered, needy and whiny behavior. BADD (Boss Attention Deficit Disorder) is discussed as part of "Short Attention Spans." There are 20 chapter traits in all, divided into "Bratty" and "Little Lost Lamb" categories, for easy reference, including real anecdotes and many useful tips. When bad bosses run amok in companies, nobody wins. This book shows readers how to build positive relationships with even the most out-of-control boss, and still thrive in your job. The key to success lies in dealing with a Terrible Office Tyrant (or TOT(TM)) much like a parent deals with a troublesome toddler.
With true stories and time-tested solutions, this is the perfect guide managing a boss stuck in his Terrible Twos. Taylor takes you behind all the bossy blustering, so that you can focus on getting ahead - and achieve career excellence. Savvy top management will also gain insight on what n ot to do with their team. They know that Terrible Office Tyrant (TOT) managers may not be in plain sight (they don't leave juice stains on the hallway carpet!) But they do wreak havoc on the bottom line. A special section helps senior management and Human Resource departments mitigate TOT behavior for a more productive workplace.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 142 x 215 x 17mm | 344g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 0470457643
  • 9780470457641
  • 482,717

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Do you have a boss who acts like a demanding, stubborn, fickle, distracted, or needy child or engages in bullying tantrums, micro-management, mood swings, or endless whining? We all have to deal with imperfect bosses. Unfortunately, some of us have to deal with bad bosses who--if you aren't careful--can sink your career along with their own.

In Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant (TOT), Lynn Taylor gives you practical, real-world tactics for dealing with childish boss behavior without sacrificing your principles or exacerbating office strife. Wielding truth wrapped in hilarity, Taylor takes you behind the bossy blustering so that you can achieve your goals--and career excellence. Bosses will also benefit from this guide to gain insight on what not to do with their teams. If you are a CEO, you know instinctively that Terrible Office Tyrants (TOTs) wreak havoc in your company, harming the bottom line. A special section will help you stop TOT behavior in its tracks-for a more humanized, productive workplace.

Like you, Taylor knows childish behavior when she sees it. In fact, bad bosses and kids who act out have plenty in common. But tirades, moodiness, and demanding behavior don't have to ruin your workday. In Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant (TOT), Taylor shows you how to build positive relationships with even the most out-of-control boss and thrive in your job. The key to success lies in dealing with a TOT much like a parent deals with a troublesome toddler.

No matter what kind of TOT you face each day, Taylor profiles them all here--from brats to little lost lambs--and shows you how to successfully manage their behavior for the sake of your career and your sanity. Based on extensive interviews and in-depth research, this indispensable guide demonstrates that with the right approach, you can tame your TOT.
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Praise For Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant

"Nobody understands the psychodynamics of workplace relationships like Lynn Taylor. With uncanny insight and laugh-out-loud humor, this gem will help you realize that you're not alone. Now you can take back emotional control and be unstoppable in your career success!"
--Daphne Rose Kingma, relationship expert, six-time Oprah guest, bestselling author of ten books, including Loving Yourself

"CEOs, managers, and employees who read Lynn Taylor's eye-opening, clever book will want to take immediate steps to better channel human behavior and create a more vibrant, productive workplace. Every firm will want to ensure that they are not a TOT incubator!"
--Sabeer Bhatia, cofounder of Hotmail, visionary, and developer of Nano City, the "Silicon Valley of India"

"Insightful and practical, this manual is for anyone (and that means everyone) with a boss. Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant contains surefire advice on how small adjustments in your behavior can turn even the worst TOT into Mr. Nice Guy."
--Robin Koval, bestselling coauthor of The Power of Nice; coauthor of the newly released The Power of Small; and President, The Kaplan Thaler Group

"Lynn Taylor's timeless guide, laced with sharp wit, is the perfect antidote for employees surrounded by the gamut of office antics! It's also a wake-up call for senior managers who want to improve the bottom line."
--Alan Engelson, apparel consultant, former senior vice president, Nautica
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Table of contents

Acknowledgments. Introduction. Getting Started: Advice for Employees. Part I. Bratty Behavior. 1. Bragging. 2. Bullying. 3. Demanding. 4. Ignoring. 5. Impulsiveness. 6. Lying. 7. Self-Centeredness. 8. Stubbornness. 9. Tantrums. 10. Territorialism. 11. Whining. Part II. Little Lost Lambs. 12. Endless Questioning. 13. Fantasy World. 14. Fickleness. 15. Helplessness. 16. Irrational Fears. 17. Forgetfulness. 18. Mood Swings. 19. Neediness. 20. Short Attention Spans. Conclusion. Special Section: Advice for Bosses-TOT Proof Your Company. About Lynn Taylor. Index.
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About Lynn Taylor

Lynn Taylor is a leading expert and spokesperson on career, hiring, and workplace issues, as well as an advisor and consultant to job seekers and executives. She is the founder of Lynn Taylor Consulting, where she focuses on employment, motivation, and related management issues, offering seminars and interactive workshops on these subjects. For more information, visit TameYourTOT.com.
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