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Working for You Isn’t Working for Me

Authors Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster have some beneficial insights when it comes to managing your boss.

Working for You Isn’t Working for Me: The Ultimate Guide to Managing Your Boss

First of all, I love the title. Second of all, the hand clenching the stress ball so hard that it might break into a thousand little tiny bits of rubber is just perfect. I’ve been there. Haven’t we all? That horrendous supervisor or boss or manager or whatever you want to call that menace who sucked your soul dry and left you withering and crying because you no longer knew who you were. Well I hope you haven’t been there, because it’s not pretty. But if you have been there, or worse, if you are there now, then this book could help you with managing your boss. Written by a psychotherapist and a business strategist, this book approaches the delicate art of upward management from all angles. First of all, you need to detect what’s going on–and the authors have included some helpful questions and assessments to help you determine what’s at issue. Then, you need to detach–accept that you won’t change the menace, and Second ways to take back your own power so you don’t feel so helpless. Third, you depersonalize and discover ways to get what you want, despite your boss. Finally, you deal–construct a strategy to work with your boss in a way that works for you. We don’t all have the luxury of being able to walk out in a difficult situation, although I highly recommend that you get external help and support if your boss is creating a toxic environment where you feel you are suffocating. But if you are treading water, and need a life preserver to make the effort a little less strenuous, then Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster may have some beneficial insights to toss you.