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click for more Is your boss a slave driver?
How can you be a really good employee, when your boss is really bad? How can you do your best in the midst of a test where there is no rest? CareerTIP® advice on how to respond to bad bosses.
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Daily CareerTIP® Advice
Monday - Win with your boss
Your boss may not always be right, but you will always do right by treating your boss as your most important customer. Ask, listen, watch and wait for just the right time to bring your boss just the right things. Look for recurring patterns so you can anticipate how to keep your boss a happy customer.

Tuesday - Don't cross the boss
Take notes on what your boss asks you to do. Then do it without grumbling, even better with a smile. If you are not sure of something, ask. If you have a helpful suggestion, share it. Always tell your boss the truth - it works better than anything else.

Wednesday - Help your boss succeed
Keep your ear to the ground for trouble coming. Be alert for chances to contribute beyond the call of duty. Make a list of problems and opportunities, then share them with your boss - along ideas on how to avoid the problems, take advantage of the opportunities and you can help.

Thursday - Learn your boss's style
Earn respect and support when you learn and adapt to your boss's work and personality style. If your boss is super-fast paced, then be quick. If slow, then be patient. If outgoing, talk a lot. If introverted, talk less. The more you increase your "flex-ability," the more you increase your opportunities for success, promotions and raises.

Friday - Is your boss behaving badly?
"Whatever you do, do your work heartily." Look beyond your boss to the greater good. But, if you cannot do as you are asked, then either care enough to confront, or find another job. Do not stay, and do less than your best.

Saturday - Is your boss a hero or zero?
If your boss has a track record of unethical or abusive behavior, then you have the right to leave. If you choose to stay, then get your facts together and make an appeal to your boss for understanding and change. Be prepared to go to your boss's boss and human resources for a new assignment. Focus on the right thing and do it.

Sunday - Advice to slaves about masters
From the Bible: "Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God." (1 Peter 2:18-19)


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