Safe Zone Hack by Alan: A free book goes to Alan Hill for this two-part post on Hacking Your Jerk Boss. Congrats!
This hack requires the following:
Courage: Cold Sweat
Yield: Beyond eternal bliss, Victory
(In case you’re wondering, Alan is following Bill’s format for his Courage Meter, an interviewing and reporting device he employed in his book, Simplicity Survival Handbook)Part 1: How I Learned to Stop Fighting the System
In this link to his own blog post, Alan tells the story of how a US Army buddy, Norma, taught him to stand on principles, and move on if you need to…but that it’s useless to argue with someone who’s just enforcing the bureaucracies rules. Until that time, he was just unnecessarily pounding his head into a wall that was never going to budge.
Part 2: Emotional Leverage
In another link to his own blog post, Alan refers to Norma’s arch-nemisis, Sergeant First Class Ojheda, and that he got what he deserved — a transfer away from those he was bullying. Alan’s key lesson: Hack workarounds, but never become one of the bullies…they’ll get theirs, eventually.