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If you could pick your boss, you might make a different choice. But you don’t get much say in the matter. A bad boss relationship can wreck your career and make your life miserable. Use our free coaching tips to sharpen your “boss management” skills.
Although many managers like to call themselves “executives”, only a few really have extensive power, so let’s be specific about the people who belong in this category. In the business world, we’re talking about the CEO or President of a company – and if it’s a really large organization, possibly their direct reports as well. In the public sector, elected officials and high-level political appointees are really the only ones who qualify.
If you are a lowly peon who is fortunate enough – or unfortunate enough, depending on your point of view – to interact with these exalted beings, the following guidelines may help you keep your sanity. And possibly your job.