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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 paranoid
Plan for constant inconsistency.
Rationale: The paranoid is swept by a powerful sequence of conflicting fears, grandiose hopes, despondency, and outraged perfectionism. Each of these potent emotions is exquisitely real to him at the time, and he is unable to perceive them as arising from within himself. The fight is taking place almost solely within him, as his pathology battles to make sense of an existence that does not meet with his expectations. This stance places him constantly at odds with the world, continually striving to establish equilibrium in the face of the supposed onslaught from without. As his employee, you'll be whipped back and forth by these tempests unless you establish an internal sense of priority and control not tied to his demands and emotions.

Effectiveness: Very good, as long as you establish solid routines and standards for yourself not based on his demands. E-mail. Telephone. Have some meetings. Take a raft of shit every now and then. Have a drink after work with a couple of buds. There are worse things.

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