Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant by Lynn Taylor - Book review

Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant

How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job

By: Lynn Taylor

Published: July 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
ISBN-10: 0470457643
ISBN-13: 978-0470457641
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

"If your boss acts like a bratty bully or a confused little lamb - or just sees impossible to deal with, you can now breathe a sigh of relief. You are working for a Terrible Office Tyrant (TOT) and help is on the way", writes leading expert and speaker on career, hiring, and workplace issues, founder of Lynn Taylor Consulting, and author of the practical and engaging book Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job. The author describes to not only cope with but to put an end to workplace problems resulting from having a terrible, and often childish boss, manager, or supervisor.

Lynn Taylor recognizes that terrible bosses very often behave in the manner of spoiled and demanding children. The author points out that the acting out behavior displayed by bratty children is the same behavior displayed by that petty tyrant of a boss. As a result of working with her own children, Lynn Taylor applied the same child management principles to working with an unruly manager. Instead of letting that problematic boss ruin an employee's day, or even their career, the author shares useful and results achieving methods for working with problem employers. Without sacrificing principles or creating even more office drama and strife, Lynn Taylor demonstrates that it's not only possible to tame that problem boss, to help everyone achieve their goals at the same time.

Lynn Taylor (photo left) understands that toddle bad behavior arrives in and is acted out in many different forms. Bosses too, exhibit a variety of terrible behavior. Those actions can be loud and screaming, passive aggressive, or like a meek lamb, and many more as well. Lynn Taylor documents the bad boss traits, with razor like wit and abundant good humor, and provides proven strategies for working with all types of bad behaving, and bratty bosses.

Lynn Taylor describes this manager as being a Terrible Office Tyrant (or TOT™), and their actions or non-actions can destroy a workplace and reduce overall performance. To remedy this serious problem, the author divides the bad behaving managers into two overall groupings. One type of TOT™ specializes in bratty behavior, while the other TOT™ style is that of lost little lamb. Whether the employer is loud and boisterous, or clueless and needy, Lynn Taylor has the prescription to end their bad behavior and restore sanity to the workplace.

For me, the power of the book is how Lynn Taylor identifies each type of problem boss, and shares hands on results oriented strategies for working with any bad manager. The author bolsters her own experience with case studies that demonstrate her techniques being applied effectively in many organizations. The issue of bad bosses is not simply one where employees have their days ruined either. The author points out that bad behaving bosses cost their companies dearly in lost production and less than optimum employee performance.

At the same time, Lynn Taylor provides advice for managers to overcome their own tendency to become a TOT™, and for organizations to change that bad behavior in their own managerial ranks. Lynn Taylor offers advice that helps everyone succeed, achieve better overall results, and avoids the dangerous and self defeating possibility of compromising one's values and principles.

I highly recommend the insightful and results oriented book Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job by Lynn Taylor, to anyone seeking a guide to working with and changing the behavior of a bad boss, manager, or supervisor. This book is also very useful for organizations looking for hands on methods for improving the behavior, performance, and people management skills of its executives. This book will rid your organization of the TOT™, and your company will be a more engaged and more productive workplace as well.

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