New Book Gives Fresh Take on How to Successfully Deal with a Bad Boss

New book, “Tangling with Tyrants: Managing the Balance of Power at Work,” shows workers how to successfully deal with difficult bosses. Authored by workplace expert Tony Deblauwe, the book takes a fresh approach and includes exercises, guidance and fresh information employees can use to create successful outcomes at work.

SAN FRANCISCO (RPRN) 7/21/2009– Love your job but hate your boss? While many employees have been plagued by bad bosses, very few have mastered the art of tangling with a tyrannical boss–and still manage to live happily ever after. Now, there is a new book, “Tangling with Tyrants: Managing the Balance of Power at Work,” with techniques employees can use to create successful outcomes when dealing with difficult bosses. The book is available for purchase at and

Tangling with Tyrants: Managing the Balance of Power at Work” is a field-tested guide by Tony Deblauwe, an industry expert with nearly 15 years of working in the human resources and organizational development field. It tackles one of the toughest issues that employees encounter in the workplace: bad bosses. The book takes a fresh approach by characterizing tyrant managers based on their actions, and is designed to help solve common problems such as micromanagers or supervisors who are tuned out or inattentive to their employees’ needs. Each chapter includes a thought-provoking exercise at the end, which makes the material more relevant and interactive to readers. The book offers valuable guidance on:

* Addressing direct and indirect bad boss behaviors

* Developing the right approach to deal with a bad boss

* Achieving mutually-beneficial outcomes at work

Deblauwe’s goal in writing the book is to change readers’ behavior so they can develop a strategy that removes the emotional focus and emphasizes a communication process. “If people view the process of handling a bad boss like any other business process, then it’s easier to get lasting results,” Deblauwe said.

The book features an enlightening foreword by Susan Futterman, the author of “When You Work for a Bully”. She writes: “Tony Deblauwe’s book, Tangling with Tyrants, is a welcome addition to the (too slowly) growing body of practical and effective strategies for dealing with toxic managers and workplaces.”

Corporate readers are already buzzing about “Tangling with Tyrants: Managing the Balance of Power at Work.” Tim Penick, President, Embedded Resource Group had this to say about the book: “The first step to overcoming conflicts with management in the workplace is realizing there are options available. Tangling with Tyrants succeeds by providing new approaches and realistic outcomes.”

Likewise, said, “Tangling with Tyrants” is a terrific and practical guide…and demonstrates a remarkable talent by Deblauwe to understand where key elements of power are focused in the workplace and how to manipulate them to your advantage. For those wishing to put forth the effort necessary to turn the tides of a negative working environment, “Tangling with Tyrants” is a pivotal first step and goes far beyond simply being a good read. This is a text book with a specialized focus on putting you one rung closer to the top of your career ladder, and once it’s learned it keeps working, rung after rung after rung.”

Deblauwe’s book comes at a time when high unemployment and economic uncertainty make employees hesitant to confront bad bosses. “My book offers a straightforward solution based on practical experience,” Deblauwe said.

About the Author

Tony Deblauwe has practical, in-the-trenches experience in human resources and organizational development. He has a master’s degree from the University of San Francisco and is a certified coach. Additionally, he has authored articles for CareerSource Magazine and the Northern California HR Association. Deblauwe is a board member and Director of Innovation for Career Directors International, the premier educational and credentialing organization for career professionals.

For a free download of the first chapter of “Tangling with Tyrants: Managing the Balance of Power at Work,” visit To learn more about Deblauwe’s career coaching services and how to deal with a bad boss, call 800-601-6930.


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