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Sunday, August 15, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 A.M.
It's an honored tradition working for an "idiot" boss. They don't take suggestions, don't think efficiently and don't make your job easier. If you've seen the movie "Office Space," you know the drill.
So, will you get along with your new boss?
Well, that depends on you.
Self-proclaimed former "idiot boss" John Hoover, author of "How to Work for an Idiot," explains that you have two choices: get in your boss's way, or be the best employee you can be.
With communication, positioning and other strategies, Hoover says new employees can get on their boss's good side and create a positive relationship.
Before your next day of work, read Hoover's tips:
Study your boss and notice the signals he or she sends. Pick up on body language and spoken language. Figure out your boss's agenda. Then you'll be able to read your boss better, understand what he or she is telling you and determine your best course of action. And don't be afraid to ask your co-workers for help.
Only a fool would try to change the boss. If you try, you'll be seen as a threat or impediment. It's better to become part of the team by enhancing your boss's career with successful projects and hard work. Few employees ever advance their careers by proving the boss wrong.
Always position yourself as an advocate, not an adversary. If your boss says he or she needs something done, don't say, "That's impossible." Say, "I'm on it." If you were in your boss's position, wouldn't you want someone telling you that they're on board and ready to help? And working hard doesn't mean you're sucking up or brown-nosing. (Well, it doesn't always mean that.)
Joseph Gidjunis, Knight Ridder Newspapers
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