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Nine Ways to Handle a Bad Boss


Some people don't quit their job, they quit their boss.

I once worked at an advertising agency where the owner (we'll call him Miller) had such drastic crazy mood swings, we jokingly referred to our agency as The Miller and Miller and Miller Agency.

Miller drove everyone crazy. Although the creative work we did was great, morale was low, so exits out were rampant.

Miller is a perfect example of the famous axiom: "People take a job because of the company -- but leave because of bad bosses."

According to management researcher Chandra Louise, 80% of the employees who quit their jobs do so because of problems with their bosses.

If you have a bad boss, before you pack up and leave, consider these "Bad Boss Improvement Strategies."

1. Have an honest, brave talk -- with yourself -- not your boss! Fearlessly look at your behavior. Are you inspiring wrath or disrespect? If you can honestly say: "It's not me, it's them," proceed onward.

2. Book your boss for their bad behavior. Get a journal and write a cathartic list of all the bad things your boss did/does -- and how each misdeed impacted your performance --and others.

3. Rank your list from top outright evil to lesser plain ol' annoying. Pick the top 3 misdeeds and develop positive, helpful solutions. Edit sarcasm.

4. Bring your "Problems/Solutions List" to trusted friends and colleagues. Discuss. Edit.
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