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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 disaster hunter
Establish an escape route.
Rationale: In these late days, you'll want to be quite clear with your pals and potential new bosses about your desire to survive. At this point, his loser status will be common knowledge, and it should be possible for you to approach friendly senior types with offerings of admiration and fealty. The guys above are probably as fed up with your boss as you are. This campaign should begin, if possible, a year before the disaster hunter reaches the critical phase. You can see it coming. So can your boss's boss. Start by making small talk. The men's room is a good venue for this. After that, make sure to disingenuously ask his advice on business matters when you can. Run ideas, memos and interesting news stories by him on occasion. Get comfortable with the guy. Hey - I don't have to tell you how to make friends with people, do I?

Effectiveness: Chewy but tasty.


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