Books: Three of a kind - How to cope with a nightmare boss

DEALING WITH THE BOSS FROM HELL; Shaun Belding; Kogan Page £8.99

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Working for a condescending, miserable, control-freak boss can be soul-destroying. If you're in this awful predicament, read Belding's book. Not only does he give you well-written, level-headed, practical advice, but, more importantly, hope that things could change. Stand up to the slave driver, control the games master and tame that pig. A highly recommended read. - Best of its kind

MY BOSS IS A BASTARD; Richard Maun; Cyan £9.99

This book takes a blokey, jokey approach but ends up being more irritating than informal. Maun's animal analogies follow a 'Serengeti' model involving depictions of a crocodile (snap!), lion (roar!), elephant (trumpet!) and meerkat (eek!) to describe human workplace characteristics. It's an interesting idea, but the use of anthropomorphism to explain work situations is childish and patronising. - Of minor interest

DEALING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE; Christina Osborne; Dorling Kindersley £5.99

Written for managers by a management consultant, this pocket-sized book provides quick-reference tips on how to deal with all manner of difficult people and situations. The photos might be a bit naff, the advice might be simple and not as specific as in the other two books, but this is a good first-aid manual to keep within easy reach for those emergency situations. - Could be useful.

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