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Chapter 17. Silly Boss Behaviors—Specifi... > A Sobering Thought - Pg. 184

Silly Boss Behaviors--Specific Situations 184 Here's another interesting option. You can attack the too-much-work syndrome in several ways. You can try to reduce the work by educating your boss, or by adopting a better process that is more efficient. Or, you can get more hands involved--in other words, share the work with other parties or more people. Lobby your boss for more resources, using the selling tactics we've talked about in this and the other chapters. Make it appear to be in Bob's interest to get more resources. Finally, there's a way to combine these tricks. Get Bob to hire someone to help him, or offer to lend him an additional assistant to help him get organized. Can't do that? OK, just keep dropping hints that maybe good old Bob is looking tired and might need more help. If None of That Works ... By now you've probably caught on that in working with a difficult boss, some indirect (benevolent) sneakiness is often the best way to attack problems. However, without some cooperation from Bob, none of that works. Then the other options kick in, much as we've already described. You can arrange to talk to Bob's boss, presenting the appearance (and reality) of being concerned about the company's welfare and customers. You can try to sit down with Bob and his boss to work things out together and come up with some solutions. If nothing changes after that, you have to decide what it's all worth. Can you live with the present situation? Is it affecting your health? An overly demanding boss can create havoc with your stress levels and even your health. Are you prepared to move on if things don't change? If so, then that enables the more extreme courses of action. You can present that ultimatum in a polite form. You can push harder and be more aggressive in going over Bob's head. Always be prepared for the worst if you follow that path.