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Part: V Capturing and Keeping the Job > Dealing with the Boss from Hell

Chapter 34. Dealing with the Boss from Hell

Tyrants may eventually inspire revolts or the intervention of outside sympathetic third parties to overthrow them—as in the toppling of Saddam in Iraq. But the process doesn't often work that way in the workplace, when you have a tyrannical boss who calls the shots. He or she is fully in power—the owner of the company or in charge with the support of the top executives and board. Should you seek to foment workplace rebellion, you are likely to be quickly out of the company, unless you are able to muster the support of others who feel similarly mistreated. So besides leaving the job and seeking the best recommendation you can get as you go out the door, what do you do if, aside from the boss, you like the job or really need it? How do you handle your uncomfortable and hurt feelings?

That's what happened to May, when she landed her first job out of grad school doing research for a business consulting company that provided clients with research reports. She looked at the job as an ideal way to get the experience she needed to advance in the field. She also loved doing the work, which involved burrowing through company reports and Internet intelligence to come up with pithy analyses. She found the other researchers great to work with, and felt an instant warm camaraderie with them. Plus the company had a sterling reputation—it would be like graduating with a degree from Harvard when she was ready to take her next step up the career ladder.


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