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

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

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 (yes, it is pocket sized).

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 six 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 US 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. 

Share the book with colleagues, clients, and friends.

Finally, tell us your toxic boss story. We’d LOVE to hear your anonymous toxic tale and the tactics you used to persevere. By doing so, you can provide help and encouragement to others who face their own toxic boss.        


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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