How to Deal with a Difficult/Mean Boss or Bully...The Postage Stamp Method

Consider the postage stamp. When it’s placed on a mail piece, it will be grouped with many other mail pieces. Sometimes mail pieces get stuck together as they go through various mail processing machines and the stamps rub each other the wrong way. They peacefully solve their conflict so they can reach their destination.

 So just how do you deal with a difficult boss or any person in general?

Well, the good thing is that a difficult or mean person has learned this type of behavior and fortunately, anything learned can be unlearned. And even if your boss doesn’t change, you have the power to change yourself and how you view your situation.

First, keep your cool and don’t give in to rage. When your temper is out of control, you unwittingly give the difficult person power over you. You are allowing them to dictate your behavior. In that moment, they have control over your emotions, you don’t.

Secondly, put all thoughts of revenge out of your mind. Revenge oftentimes backfires and it is not satisfying. Again, this is not who you are, so don’t allow someone to make you act in a way that is not true to your character.

Next, if you sense that the situation is getting heated, quickly walk away. Do not get into a shouting match with your employer. Try taking a deep breath, count backwards and simply walk away.

When you are in a more calm state, see if you can talk to your employer and express how you feel. If your boss doesn’t listen, you may need to talk to someone higher up in your company. You have the right to be treated with dignity and respect. You are a valuable human being. Above all, never ever give up hope that things will get better.

 And there you have it. If you want to go deeper with me on this subject, sign up for my Free Academy Training.

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