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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

HBR September: The Boss from Hell!

This the fourth of several postings this week regarding the September 2009 issue of the Harvard Business Review, which I highly recommend you purchase for your executives.

Case Study: Surviving the Boss from Hell
By David Silverman

In this fictionalized case study, David, a project manager works for Thaddeus (called the “Commodore”) who micromanages, interrupts, dominates, calls ad hoc meeting that interrupt everyone’s schedule…and is generally a narcissistic egomaniac who’s executive career has stalled itself—no doubt! The question is should David take an offer from another part of the firm…a lateral one with no pay increase…essentially starting all over. Or, should David stay where he is. Several experts offer their candid opinions.

My pick…Brad Gilbreath’s thought: Leave for the new lateral opportunity. Research reveals that such bosses from hell can lead to high blood pressure, even psychiatric problems. My advice to David: Run, don’t walk.

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