Thursday, September 11, 2008

Peacefully Coexisting With Porcupines

Having a control-freak for a boss or a gossip-hound for a cubicle-mate was bad enough when recruiters were calling you twice a month. Now that the economy has turned, it's even worse, because getting on the wrong side of anyone in your group could cost you your job.

So Vicky Oliver's new book, Bad Bosses, Crazy Coworkers & Other Office Idiots, is well timed. Full of advice for coping with difficult people at work, it's being touted as a survival aid in today's cutthroat job market. "When the times get tough, the tough stay put!" says Oliver, a career management author and speaker whose previous books include 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions.

Bad Bosses, Crazy Coworkers & Other Office Idiots dissects a variety of villains carrying colorful monikers such as "The Grumpy Martyr," "The Boss’s Pet," and "The Credit Snatcher." There are also some old familiar nasties, like the sexually harrassing supervisor, and the boss who is a legend in her own mind. Oliver focuses on giving concrete advice for achieving peaceful coexistence - such as when to speak up and when it's wiser to "sweep your problem under the 2-ply industrial carpet."

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