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Don't Be 'Worked Like A Dog'

If you, like so many others, feel your boss is making you "work like a dog," there are ways to control that.

These tips come from Wendy Diamond, an entrepreneur and pet lifestyle expert, who has written How to Train Your Boss To Roll Over: A New Approach to Business.

Diamond, who knows hard work, and also knows animals, has figured out how to deal with "industry alpha dogs and b-tches, including CEOs of major corporations."

A portion of proceeds from sales of her book will go to K9's For Warriors, an organization dedicated to saving shelter dogs from being euthanized and for retraining each rescued pup to be a service dog for veterans suffering from PTSD.

Following are some key suggestions from Diamond about dealing with difficult bosses.

According to Diamond, an Alpha Dog always is leader of the pack. Whatever their size, Alpha Dogs are where the proverbial buck stops. You want them to notice you and like your work. You want them to give you perks and promotions that you deserve. So how can you gain their respect and train them to do your bidding as you would a pet dog?

Here's a sampling that may help whether you work for a "mom and pop" company, a Fortune 500 corporation, or are an entrepreneur trying to land a new client:

* Think like a dog: Dwelling on the past is a human condition. To get your company or boss to adopt you, you must start to move forward.

* Learn the rules before you can make them: Let your boss train you first. Listen and obey to prove your potential to your Alpha Dog, laying the foundation for a trusting relationship.

* Become the master by studying your Alpha Dog, getting to know his or her likes, dislikes, and how you can best get their attention. Then, let the real training begin:

* When a dog rolls over, they're having fun. Having a full-time job does not always have to be about "working like a dog." Find ways to make your work environment fun yet professional.


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