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Dealing with narcissists at work

The July/August issue of CPA Magazine features a story about narcissists in the workplace, and how to function effectively with (or despite) them, no matter whether they are your co-workers or your boss.  Yours truly was honoured to be interviewed as an expert source.  Not just an expert source though as I come by some of this knowledge first-hand.  Back in the 1990’s, I (barely) survived an egomaniacal boss and I live to tell the tale!

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Narcissism isn’t just confined to the political arena

In recent months, the popular press has been all abuzz about a certain narcissist (no name needed) in international politics.  But unfortunately, this dysfunctional personality type isn’t just confined to affairs of state, there are plenty of narcissists in the world of work as well!  Which is why this article is not only timely, but also especially relevant.

In Egomaniacal Employees, writer Diane Peters opens with: Find yourself humming the classic tune “You’re So Vain” around a certain colleague?  Got a boss who’s absolutely arrogant?  Here’s what you need to know about dealing with narcissists on the job.  She then goes on to offer several insights and some sound advice sourced from three experts (including me) on how to deal with, endure, and outlast those who are self-centred, conceited and egomaniacal.

So take a quick read through the article (it’s only a couple of pages long) and then come on back to the blog and tell us about your experiences working with narcissists.  What challenges did you face, and how did you handle them.  No names or specifics needed of course, just enough information about the situation so that we can learn from each other.

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