Chris, I replied to you earlier but forgot to suggest a couple of things. Both of those books look like they could really help someone in a bad situation. I was also sceptical about the fact that he also told the students that they can address him with his first name and not in plural, which I found very awkward and uneccessary, even hypocritical as it would be very difficult for a student to actually do this and speak to their professor the way they speak to their friends. They have gotten away with it for many reasons, but the solution to this always works: find a way to stand up to their ignorance. I ended up having to be moved to a new division in another city and ended up retiring early anyway as the whole place was poisoned. Could be he was writing from his mobile phone?
We have all had at least one.
Science attracts so many different and quirky personalities that you are bound to have a problem with some people. But when your boss is the problem, its a big problem for you. Well sometimes the best advice is really to just move on to a position or environment more suited to your personality. So here are some of different types of particularly difficult personality traits I have found in managers I have worked with, along with a few ways to get along with each type of person. It could be in the form of comments or actions that make you question yourself or cause you to make mistakes. The only way to deal with passive aggressive behavior is to recognize it and address it at the time it is happening.
Dealing with a boss who seems to get some sort of sadistic pleasure out of making you miserable is basically a rite of passage. Or maybe it's not and I've just had a bad run. I spent a few too many unfortunate years working food service, where I almost exclusively had bosses I couldn't get along with. In those situations, it was usually pretty obvious that my bosses hated being there as much as I did. But even if you aren't being ordered to scrub the baseboards for sassing an overlord, the corporate world can be trying in other ways: say, that boss who measures your dedication by how willing you are to answer emails outside your working hours or by how many tasks you'll take on outside your job description. Sutton is an expert on assholes, which he defines as "someone who leaves you feeling demeaned, de-energized, and disrespected. I am not as much of an expert, given that the only way I've coped with previous asshole bosses was quitting and later passive-aggressively mentioning how much they sucked in this very article.
Help me! What Should I do? There are assholes everywhere — from the morning commute to social media. One key point to remember is that asshole behaviour is contagious. One of the best ways to deal with an asshole boss is to limit exposure where possible. In the s, MIT professor Tim Allen showed that the closer people sat to one another, the more frequently they communicated, not just face-to-face communication, but via all media including telephone calls.