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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 22. Who’s the Boss?

Working for two bosses can sometimes be very confusing, particularly when the bosses have different styles, don’t like each other, and give conflicting orders. You may be uncertain how to prioritize your work, how to meet differing expectations, and how to avoid the crossfire when the bosses fight. Individually, each boss might be fine to work for, once you adapt to his particular way of doing things. But put them together and you have two bad bosses.

That’s what happened to Estelle when she got a job as an administrative assistant for two attorneys in a large firm devoted to criminal defense work and plaintiff litigation. Her job was to fill out the assorted documents needed for court (such as motions and subpoenas), ...

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