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Chapter 11. Indentifying the Venomous Di... > Techniques of the Viper - Pg. 115

Indentifying the Venomous Difficult Employee 115 This Won't Work! Don't assume you have the support of your boss without checking first. Support has a tendency to be situation specific, and on occasion, somewhat political. Keep supporting players informed and find out exactly what they will support and what they won't. After you know how much support you'll get and what actions will be supported, you will know where you stand and what your options are. You'll find that obtaining backup and support is a theme that pops up regardless of the specific activities of the venomous person. Outright Sabotage Outright sabotage refers to attempts to interfere with the work of another person or the reputation and perceptions associated with the targeted person. It could involve hoarding of resources, for example, or bad-mouthing the target to a customer, or spreading rumors. Or, if you, the manager, are the target, it might include refusal to do assigned tasks (either directly or indirectly, something