The Toxic Boss Survival Guide: Tactics for Navigating the Wilderness at Work

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What could you learn from a downed pilot stuck behind enemy lines, a hiker lost on the Appalachian trail, or townspeople prepping for the zombie apocalypse? 

If you currently work for a toxic boss, the answer is a lot! Your wilderness at work calls for a strategy, and what you need in your pocket is The Toxic Boss Survival Guide.

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Author Craig Chappelow, Peter Ronayne, and Bill Adams
ISBN 978-1-60491-763-5
Publisher CCL Press

Built on research from CCL's Toxic Boss Project and written with a refreshing blend of humor as well as serious tips, The Toxic Boss Survival Guide is based on the experience of employees working in a wide variety of organizations.

It identifies the 6 most common types of toxic bosses, describes the mindset you need to endure, and outlines a tactic-rich approach based on wilderness survival principles and the U.S. Air Force's SERE School, including:

  • Survive: how to continue working for (and hopefully thrive under) a toxic boss.
  • Evade: how to stay in the job, but minimize contact with your toxic boss.
  • Resist: how to fend off the effects of toxicity and how to deal with your situation head-on.
  • Escape: when all else fails, how to get out.

Try it for yourself! Implement the tactics and tools to take charge of YOUR survival. 


The Toxic Boss Survival Guide - Tactics for Navigating the Wilderness at Work, CCL Press, 2018
Beyond Inept, What Is a Toxic Boss? 1
The Destructive Impact of Toxic Bosses 9
Six Toxic Types 23
The Psychology of Survival 33
Creating Your Survival Plan 51
Taking Action 69
Join the Community 93

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