Bosses from hell and elsewhere

Richard Morrison, the best thing at the moment about the Times, asks today "Can’t stand the boss?" Cue lots of helpful (?) summaries of the personalities of "the hard to handle boss", "the four types of boss who could ruin your life", etc. I am not sure that this sort of article does much for anyone other than causes them to raise the odd smile, but Richard Morrison is always readable, and I recommend this piece to anyone who is a boss or has a boss. As RM says: "The strange thing is that most of us are bosses, in at least some aspects of our lives — even if the only thing we boss is a pet gerbil or a husband." And how do we treat these subordinates, he asks? With courtesy and fairness, setting reasonable goals, backing them in a crisis and so on? Or have we instead come home from work and "bawled at the kids for some petty misdemeanour, creating waves of resentment that ripple out all evening?"

Inevitably, there is a book promotion involved, this one is called Working with You is Killing Me, subtitle: "freeing yourself from emotional traps at work", by Katherine Crowely and Kathi Elster. The Amazon synopsis reads:  "The toughest part of any job is dealing with the people around you. Scratch the surface of any company and you’ll uncover a hotbed of emotions – people feeling anxious about performance, angry at co-workers, and misunderstood by management. Now, in "Working with You Is Killing Me", readers learn how to "unhook" from these emotional pitfalls and gain valuable strategies for confronting workplace conflicts in a healthy, productive way. They’ll discover how to: manage an ill-tempered boss before he or she explodes; defend themselves against idea-pilfering rivals before they steal all the credit; and detach from those annoying co-workers whose irritating habits ruin the day." No customer reviews as yet on UK Amazon (the delivery time is that give-away "4-6 weeks" which in Amazonspeak means "not published in UK yet"), but I await them with (mild) interest.

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