Fri., June 8, 2012 5:45pm (EDT)

WORKING: Difficult Bosses
By Joshua Stewart
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
The key first step in dealing with a difficult boss is to have a conversation about the issue, says Brandon Smith. And it’s important that conversation be about clarifying your boss’s expectations and meeting their needs. (Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/lokner/4164251472/>Michael Lokner via Flickr</a>.)
The key first step in dealing with a difficult boss is to have a conversation about the issue, says Brandon Smith. And it’s important that conversation be about clarifying your boss’s expectations and meeting their needs. (Photo Courtesy of Michael Lokner via Flickr.)
Our resident career guru Brandon Smith comes by most weeks to help us maximize our working lives. He also occasionally answers questions from listeners and blog readers. This week, he tackles two questions about addressing issues with difficult bosses.

Brandon Smith teaches about leadership, communication, and workplace culture at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. More of his advice is on his blog and at theworkplacetherapist.com. And while you’re there, ask him your workplace or career question. We might use your question on a future radio segment.