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How to deal with your crazy boss

Fortune's Stanley Bing shares his take on the five types of crazy bosses, and some strategies for dealing with one, from "Crazy Bosses" (Harper Collins).

The wimp
Take the heat.
Rationale: While he's as hungry as anybody for credit, the bureaucratic wimpster is unwilling to risk taking responsibility for actions before their success is proven. That means you can accept accountability for major decisions, strategies, and projects all the way up to the point where they are obvious successes. That's a big piece of turf.

Effectiveness: High, but not without danger. With functional power comes the risk of failure - but you don't mind that. You're not the wimp here, are you?


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