In this excerpt from GOOD BOSS, BAD BOSS: How to Be the Best ... and Learn from the Worst, Robert Sutton tells us how a boss can avoid being an asshole--and how to motivate employees to help keep the boss in line.

1. If you are a boss, assume the motto "Assholes are us" means you too, not just the other schmucks.
2. Post a bosshole bounty: pay twenty dollar to anyone who tells you when you have been a jerk.
3. Assign confident and sensible followers to be your bosshole monitors. Link their performance evaluation and pay to telling you when you've blown it and helping you contain your inner jerk.
4. When you realize you've treated people like dirt, apologize to them and acknowledge to witnesses that such nastiness is unacceptable.
5. If you are a certified asshole, or a recovering one, team up with a "toxic handler," someone more patient and better liked to coach you and clean up your messes.
6. If your boss is a flaming asshole, you will probably catch the disease. Escape as fast as you can or, failing that, spend as little time around the creep as possible.
7. If clients treat you like dirt, fire them if possible. If you can't, charge asshole taxes, give employees who work with them combat pay, and limit everyone's exposure to these creeps.
8. Squelch your inner jerk by practicing indifference and emotional detachment when you get angry, focus on performance too much and humanity too little, or are knee-deep in a pack of assholes
9. If you or your charges have been acting like assholes lately, make sure to hold meetings in a nice cool place.
10. Watch the email. Remember how easy it is to spew out angry and insensitive words, or unwittingly hurt others' feelings when using this emotionally thin medium.
11. Imagine it is ten years from now and you are looking back at how you've treated others. Do you think--in our followers' eyes--that you will have earned the right to be proud of yourself? Or do your people believe that when you look back, you will deserve to be ashamed of yourself?

This is an excerpt from GOOD BOSS, BAD BOSS: How to Be the Best ... and Learn from the Worst by Robert I. Sutton, PhD. Copyright © 2010 by Robert Sutton. Reprinted by permission of Business Plus, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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