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The manipulator boss is highly
focused, very motivated, and
always has a secret plan. He looks
at people as a means to an end.
The world is a giant pyramid and
the apex is his. People he touches
or runs over on the way to the
top are casualties he writes off.
If you work for a manipulator,
watch your back. Your best bet
is to be open and honest with
him. Volunteer information. Your
boss, who has long forgotten what
truth is, will be left impressed by
The old-schooler dwells on the
good ol days, on "the way things
used to be." However, if he is so
entrenched in the past, eventually
he will stop being able to function
in the present. An old-school
boss, despite his resistance to
move on, does have a great deal
of information and can contribute
to the best interests of your
organisation, as long as he is able
to accept gradual amounts of
change with guidance. Be patient,
and try to remember that "new"
is not necessarily better -- it s
"different." See if you can get him
to that point.
The 'God' Boss
The god boss, a true megalo-
maniac, is about power. You ll
notice the engraved gold plate on
his office door, desk, and chair
proclaiming his rank. He might
take outrageous liberties like hav-
ing an employee clean out his car.
When you question him, he ll just
point to the gold plates. Rest
assured that his cloak of power
hides great incompetence. How
to get along with a god boss?
Humour him. Follow his rules,
and create the illusion you re
doing things his way. Remember,
he ll never control your mind.
The Teflon Boss
This non-stick boss is espe-
cially prominent in public affairs.
Any blame slides right off him.
He does not give straight answers
to straight questions. If something
goes wrong, unparalleled docu-
mented evidence surfaces to prove
he was somewhere else at the
time. The non-stick boss is more
of a nuisance than a danger.
When dealing with him, it s best
to keep detailed accounts and
records of your conversations.
The 'What Boss?'
He is always missing in action.
He becomes harmless because
he s just never there. When he s
in the office, take advantage of
his presence. You ll feel miffed at
the lack of justice -- you slaving
in your cubicle eight hours a day,
five days a week for half his salary,
while he s out on the golf course...
but remember -- it could be much
worse. You could have a scream-
The Screamer Boss
The screamer boss seems to
think that he will get his way if
he raises his voice to an uncon-
scionable level: the higher the
volume, the higher the commit-
ment. How does a screamer end
up a boss? Some clueless hiring
managers equate screaming with
managerial skill. All in all, scream-
ers just want to know that they re
being heard, and they want recog-
nition. If you can get along with
your screamer boss, and gain his
respect and trust, perhaps you
can help guide him to lower tones.
The Clueless Boss
The clueless boss is not dumb
-- he s just uneducated. Perhaps
he just started with the company,
is unfamiliar with the technology,
or is temporarily out-of-touch
due to personal problems. A clue-
less boss can be a good boss who
is just off-track at the moment.
The best way to deal with this
type of boss is to teach him, and
bring him up to speed. You ll be
surprised at how fast he comes
around, and he ll have you to
The Buddy Boss
The buddy boss wants to be
your friend, not your "superior."
He wants you to like him, and
because friends stick up for
friends, it might be a good invest-
ment to spend some time with
him. However, be forewarned:
hanging out with buddy boss dur-
ing your work hours could have
you working nights to keep up.
The key here is balance.
The Great Boss
Ahh, the great boss -- the sup-
portive motivator - the boss who
treats everyone with fairness
regardless of politics. He com-
municates, keeps an open door
policy, and encourages others to
follow suit. He leads by example,
provides superior training, and a
positive work environment. He
has vision, is not afraid, and does-
n t scream. He coaches his staff,
and when employees leave, they
will talk about him for years to
The screamer boss seems to think
that he will get his way if he raises
his voice to an unconscionable level:
the higher the volume, the higher the
commitment. How does a screamer
end up a boss? Some clueless hiring
managers equate screaming with
managerial skill. All in all, screamers
just want to know that they're being
heard, and they want recognition."
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