- The Control Freak micromanages every move you make. Bombard this person with emails, reports and meetings. This might overwhelm them and throw off their controlling behavior.
- The Buddy acts like the two of you are best friends. Include this person in your workday, but keep your distance. Invent a fictional hobby, extend invitations you know they can't accept, and avoid hugs.
- The Workaholic. This person sacrifices all their personal time for their job and expects you to do the same. Let them know there is life outside of the office. Discuss family, friends and hobbies at every opportunity.
- The Teller of Bad Jokes always has one ready for you - and it's never funny. Be prepared for the painful punch-line and feign amusement. Then change the subject.
The Indecision Maker. This person needs information from several different sources before making any sort of "independent" decision. To deal with this boss, present any question or idea as if you've taken an informational survey of any key employees who might have a stake in the problem. Once they see you've saved them some leg-work, they'll take action more quickly.