Survivify: Work

How to Survivify: The Boss from Hell

Whether you're working for Darth Vader or Elmer Fudd, there are numerous challenges and pitfalls that can set you back. Whatever your boss's temperament, try to keep your sanity intact and focus on achieving your own professional goals.

Look on the bright side:

  • At least you'll know what NOT to do when it's your turn to be in charge.
  • You can use your new-found skills to work as a diplomat or lion tamer.
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Tips from the trenches:

  • Find a mentor you can confide in.
  • Bring in an Organizational Development expert to help defuse the situation.
  • Take the Myers-Briggs personality test and then ask your boss to do so as well.
  • Don't out your boss on the web for playing too much FarmVille.
  • Keep your resume updated.
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Survival kit contents:

(replenish as often as needed)

Words of Wisdom

By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day. -Robert Frost
No man goes before his time - unless the boss leaves early. -Groucho Marx
People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives. -Theodore Roosevelt