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A Survival Guide for Working with Bad Bosses: Dealing with Bullies, Idiots, Back-Stabbers, and Other Managers from Hell by Gini Graham Scott Ph.D.

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Chapter 11. That’s Perfect—Not!

A boss who is too much of a perfectionist and micromanager can drive you up the wall and right out the door. In some cases, perfection and precision is called for, such as in getting the numbers and data right. But when taken to extremes, this precise attention to detail can become excessive, resulting in frustration at the wasted time and effort as unnecessary work is done over, and over, and over again. This focus on getting a certain task absolutely—but unnecessarily—right can lead to the more important tasks not being done, resulting in bottom line losses for the company. Plus, there are extra costs for training new recruits after employees have transferred or quit. In short, being perfect to a fault can be ...

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