"Most important, you'll feel more confident and you'll start to enjoy your workdays.""The main problem is that the difficult person is behaving in some kind of socially inappropriate way – harassing, bullying, controlling, backstabbing, gossiping, complaining, being rude, unmotivated, uncooperative, negative, etc, etc.""I work for a non-profit organization and we serve individuals with developmental disabilities. It also has given everyone better insight into our own psyche and what part we play in any given situation. D., author of Coping With Difficult People, Dell, 2001, .95.
Our staff frequently have to deal with family members, workshop staff, physicians, nurses etc. I have to say it has been very useful and productive while helping us maintain a professional balance.
Ask them questions that can't be answered with just a "yes" or "no," such as, "Why is it uncomfortable for you to answer my questions?
Here are some steps you can take to help ensure a smooth transition and make sure that your new supervisor sees you as someone he or she can count on. You'll be better off if you think of a new boss's arrival as a reboot rather than a disturbance, says Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at Career Builder.
"This could be an opportunity for you to start fresh," she says.
He said to me: ‘You don’t take our kids off us, if you do things happen to you….
When my last visit ended he said he would see me out and I should take care crossing the road, because accidents happen….
He wrote the book because “I’ve been asked hundreds of times over the past 30 years, ‘How can I deal with this impossible boss? He also reported to a few bad bosses himself, including one who was “smart, empathetic, and incapable of making a decision,” and another who was “skilled at getting promoted in large part because he was equally skilled at blaming others when things went wrong.” At times, he recalls, while having to work closely with a maddening higher-up, “I felt we were the equivalent of a dysfunctional married couple.”In your particular situation, Dufour suggests trying these five steps:1. Recognize that working for this person is “a temporary assignment.