At first I was thinking, “gosh, this would have been useful at my last job.” Thinking about it more, I had no shortage of reasons for wanting to tell my boss to go fuck himself. But I never did.
Reading this morning a bit on Huffington Post about a book called 5 Reasons To Tell Your Boss to Go F**k Themselves: How Positive Psychology Can Help You Get What You Want (Volume 1). The “Volume 1″ in the title would seem to suggest that this could be at least a trilogy, perhaps an epic series to vie with Hunger Games or that bunch of books about hot teenage vampires who never seem to have sex. HuffPo already seems to have inflated the 5 reasons to 8.
Actually looking at it now, it looks vaguely lame. The first one starts off, “If your boss thinks ‘leadership’ means trying to intimidate and scare you …” Check. The solution? Tell your boss where to go or find “Jolts of Joy,” which they define as listening to a favorite song or eating lunch under a tree. Lame.
But it gets a little more substantial after that first slide. Here’s the one that I zeroed in on.
Unfortunately there’s a very small group of bosses – about 5 out of every 100 – who suffer from psychological disorders that cause long-lasting, uncontrollable emotional disregulation. … The symptoms of these disorders varies but the common element is the inability of these bosses to empathize with others – to feel what another person is feeling – which allows them to perpetuate their acts of cruelty.
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You might want to head over to HuffPo and view the entire slideshow there. It all boils down to one thing: if your boss sucks (and Hong Kong bosses are famous for extreme amounts of suckage), in the end all you can do is go out and try to get another job with another boss and hope you get luckier next time. That’s certainly what I’m hoping for. But, like the old Mel Brooks song, hope for the best, expect the worst.