Chapter 3. Abrasive Boss Behavior What They Do

I have another confession to make: I didn't want to write this chapter. Having observed abrasive bosses over the past twenty years, I don't find it difficult to describe the characteristics that distinguish them from other bosses. So why was I so resistant? It finally came to me—I didn't want to write about their behavior for the same reason that my ex-husband never wanted to talk about being attacked by a grizzly bear. Let me explain: I met Jim in Alaska—a good man and a great wildlife photographer. One day I noticed some strange markings on his upper arm and asked about them. "Oh, a bear did that." I was in shock. He said it in the same tone you or I would use to describe a bug bite. "A bear did ...

Get Taming the Abrasive Manager: How to End Unnecessary Roughness in the Workplace now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience books, live events, courses curated by job role, and more from O’Reilly and nearly 200 top publishers.