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Managing Your Manager: How to Get Ahead with Any Type of Boss by Gonzague Dufour

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CHAPTER 6THE NAVELChallenge Your Own Values

I’ve saved the Navel for the last of the six managerial types for a number of reasons: These bosses are probably the most difficult for most people to work for. They come in the most varieties. And they require a bit more managing than most to make the experience satisfying from personal and professional standpoints. In other words, Navels are the most challenging of managers to write about, and I wanted to talk about them after I had described the other types so I could compare and contrast them with the Navel.

As the name implies, the Navel (i.e., navel gazer) is all about ego. As you’ll recall, other managers’ attitudes and actions were influenced by their egos. The Bully, certainly, has a sizable ...

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