You’re reading this book by my friend Lynne Curry for one of a few reasons—you either want to help yourself for the future just in case you have to deal with THAT co-worker, you’re dealing with that difficult person now, or maybe you’re trying to figure out why you’ve had trouble with certain people in the past.

When I began to write my first book, The Arsonist in the Office: Fireproofing Your Life Against Toxic Coworkers, Bosses, Employees, and Culture, I researched and quickly learned that there were many books written on problems in the workplace. Some provided practical tools, others relied on stories, and some were designed for just a manager or an HR professional.

Then there were Lynne Curry’s books. When I read Lynne’s book, ...

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