Here’s How Bosses From Hell Helped 6 Entrepreneurs Grow

From control freaks to being uncooperative, founders share what they learned from their worst boss.

Ask a Candid Boss: How Should I Talk to My Boss About Moving Into a Leadership Role?

You've decided you want to move into a leadership role, but you're unsure of how to bring it up to your boss in a way that makes you look qualified, rather than pushy. Here's how to have that conversation in a way that's productive and professional.

The Question Smart People Ask When They’re Confused About an Assignment

Your boss sat you down yesterday and outlined your next project. The problem? You’re completely confused about the direction you’re supposed to take it in. Don’t stress! The key is to catch your confusion early on and address it—here's how.

What You Should (and Shouldn’t!) Say When Your Boss Has Unreasonable Expectations

Your boss is known for his totally unreasonable expectations. Rather than continuing to shoulder the burden, you know you need to speak up. But, how can you push back in a way that's still polite and professional? Here's exactly what you should (and shouldn't!) say in four common situations.

The Trick to Working With a First-Time Manager (Who’s Struggling)

Working with other people will always be a challenging part of your job. But what’s even more challenging than learning how to work with others is learning how to manage up. If you're dealing with a first-time manager, here's the secret to making both your lives easier.

9 Cheap (or Free!) Classes That’ll Help You Manage Up

Your boss is almost always absent. Or, completely disorganized. Or, not a great communicator. Or, doesn’t set clear priorities. Whatever category of manager you have to work with, these cheap online classes will make your life easier and work more productive.

The Best Way to Ask Your Boss for Regular Check-ins (Template Included!)

So, you’re feeling really disconnected from your boss. You like them, but you never seem to be on the same page. Here's how to ask them (nicely) to schedule regular check-ins with you via email or in person—and make both your lives easier.

6 Ways to Keep Things From Getting Worse When Your Boss Starts Yelling at You

You might need to quit but you probably shouldn't on the spot.

The Answer to “Should I Tell My Boss I’m Not Happy at Work?”

Being unhappy at work is something almost everyone goes through at one point or another. But do you tell your boss? It really depends on what kind of manager they are, how much power they have, if the problem is fixable, and if you have other job options in place (in case it doesn't work out).

The Trick to Saying No to Your Boss (Without Looking Lazy)

I want to be known as a team player, not a naysayer. So I had to learn to say no at work in a way that reflected well on me, and not in a way that made my boss angry. And tell you what, I did learn how to do just that.