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17 D IMPOSSIBLE TASKS. Many people are given assignments that are impossible to achieve. Sometimes the company puts barriers to your accomplishing your assignments. Sometimes the expectations you operate under are impossible to fulfill. In other cases the problem is far beyond the scope of what anyone could possibly achieve, such as expecting police officers to stop all crime. Another common example is the incurable client. D D Incurable Clients. Many helping professionals have large caseloads of clients with nearly impossible problems. NO-WIN SITUATIONS. There are jobs where, no matter what you do, someone is dissatisfied. Some examples are: D Incompatible Demands. If you report to more than one boss, you can be confronted with incompatible demands. One boss may want speed, while another wants quality. Producing both may not be possible. Jobs that require working across departmental boundaries are also plagued by incompatible demands. Conflicting Roles. This can be the woman executive who is expected to be supermom, superwife and star employee-or a manager whose company expects her to travel and whose family wants her at home. Value Conflicts. If you work in a sensitive field such as police work, IRS investigations, military, weapons research or nuclear power, you may face value conflicts. You believe in what you are doing and you strive to do a good job, yet everywhere you go people criticize you for the work you do. D D