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By Phil Piemonte

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The 'Horrible Bosses' bandwagon

Unless you have been hiding in a cave somewhere, you probably have heard about or seen an ad for the movie “Horrible Bosses,” which was released this week.

Even if you haven’t heard of it, e-mail marketers and bloggers sure have.

We don’t know about you, but our e-mail has been full of ads and press releases touting one or another (probably recently retitled) book or presentation or seminar dealing with the subject of horrible bosses and what to do about them.

The truth is, we are not above exploiting the topic here, either (this is a blog, after all), so we thought it might be a good idea to open up the floor to your best (or worst) horrible boss stories. Right here, right now.

So think back. Have you ever had a boss who yelled at you for not working independently enough one day and then screamed at you the next for sending an e-mail without approval?

Or one who wasn’t happy unless he or she kept you reworking (and reworking) something until the wee hours? And then decided not to use it?

Or how about a boss who called you in the middle of the night from some Central Asian republic (where they only have electricity eight hours a day anyway) to micromanage you in the middle of Sunday dinner? (We might be getting a bit too specific here.)

C’mon. We’re sure you have some horrible boss stories that are way better than these.

Posted by Phil Piemonte on Jul 08, 2011 at 12:13 PM


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