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10 Tips for Dealing with a Bully Boss

10 Tips for Dealing with a Bully Boss

Do you have a bad manager? Someone who makes your life miserable all week by criticizing your every move?

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Can anything be done? You're playing with fire if you intend to fly solo and confront your lunatic boss. "Forget heroics," Lipman-Blumen says. If you feel compelled to right the situation, she advises putting together a coalition. There is strength in numbers - or at least, you hope so. "There are probably many others who share your concerns, but feel as lonely and isolated as you do," adds Lipman-Blumen. "Get them together and plan your strategy."

But even then, she cautions that you're walking a precarious line.

Trying to straighten out a crazy boss is like trying to soothe a starving cheetah that's about to consume you for dinner. But if you've got guts and a sense of adventure, why not have it out with him or her? You'll certainly feel better about yourself - and you may be surprised by the results.

Woolly Bullies

Other findings from the Employment Law Alliance study include:

81% of bullies are managers

50% of bullies are women and 50 percent are men

84% of targets are women

82% of targets ultimately lost their job

95% of bullying is witnessed

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