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Knobull Offers Tips To Help Cope With A Difficult Boss

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - eTradeWire -- Lynn Bentley, President of Knobull reported, "In an ideal world, we should all have fantastic managers—bosses who helped us succeed, who made us feel valued, and who were just all-around great people. Unfortunately, that's not always the case."

Before trying to fix your difficult boss, make sure you really are dealing with one. Is there a reason for the behavior, or are you being overly critical? No matter how bad your boss' behavior, avoid letting it affect your work. You want to stay on good terms with other leaders in the company (and keep your job!).

When you're dealing with a micromanager, head off your boss' requests by anticipating them and getting things done before they come to you. A great approach is start to anticipate the tasks that your manager expects and get them done well ahead of time.

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Just because someone has a managerial title doesn't mean that they have all the right answers, all the time. Realize that, just because someone is in a position of authority, doesn't mean they know everything. When dealing with a boss, sometimes it's best to make some leadership decisions on your own.

If you know your area well enough, there is no reason to not go ahead creating and pursuing a direction you know will achieve good results. You don't want to do something that undermines the boss, so keep them in the loop.

If your boss has anger management problems, identify what triggers the meltdowns and be extra vigilant about avoiding these comments or actions. When dealing with disagreement, pull on some tenants from mediation to work through the issue. Simply repeat back what was said and ask, "Is that what you meant?" When you repeat someone's perspective, you give them a chance to expound and, crucially, to feel heard.

Bentley concluded, "To help out, this advice can provide methods for dealing with a difficult boss. Try one or more of these tips to find some common ground with your boss—and tap into other Knobull development tools to strengthen long term career success."

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