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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
Talk straight.
Rationale: Your wimp has a terrible habit of taking a thousand words to say what could be said with one. This is just as annoying to his peers and managers as it is to you. Nobody needs a windy blowhard wasting the chief currency of the workplace, i.e., time. You've got a huge opportunity here. If you can communicate clear instructions, needs, and answers to those who require them, you'll once again be stepping into the breach formed by the bureaucratic lack of spine.

Effectiveness: Vertiginously altitudinous.


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