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How to Survive Working for a Boss with a Godzilla-Sized Ego

How to Survive Working for a Boss with a Godzilla-Sized Ego

Working under a boss with an ego that could rival Mount Everest? Fear not! Dive into our guide full of humour and practical advice to keep both your job and your peace of mind secure.

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by The Office Bantomime Team


Ever found yourself working under a boss whose ego is so massive it needs its own zip code? Welcome to the club you never wanted to join but probably found yourself a lifetime member of: Surviving a Boss with a Big Ego. This isn't just about navigating choppy professional waters; it's about mastering the art of not letting your boss's grandiose sense of self drown your workplace happiness. Buckle up as we embark on a hilariously enlightening journey on how to keep your sanity (and your job) when your boss's ego starts thinking it's the center of the universe.

Chapter 1: The Ego Has Landed

Imagine walking into work, and there it is, your boss's ego, greeting you at the door, refusing to fit through it. First things first, recognize what you're dealing with: an ego so big it probably has its own social media following. Understanding is the first step to surviving. Remember, it's not the size of the ego in the fight, but the size of the fight in you... to keep your cool.

Chapter 2: Speaking Fluent Narcissist

Communicating with an oversized ego requires learning a new language. It's all about "Yes, you're absolutely right," followed by a strategic, "But have you considered this genius idea I totally think you came up with?" It's an art form, really, navigating the delicate balance between flattery and getting your point across without inflating the ego further—think of it as ego judo.

Chapter 3: Ego-Proofing Your Work

Your work needs to shine, but not so bright that it blinds the boss's ego. It's about making your boss look good while sneakily inserting your brilliance into the mix. Think of it as being a ghostwriter for your own accomplishments. "Oh, this old project? Just something I whipped up in my spare time, but really, it was your guidance that made it shine." Wink, wink.

Chapter 4: The Art of the Ego Stroke

Sometimes, the best way to deal with a colossal ego is to give it what it wants—a good old-fashioned stroke. But it's a delicate dance. You don't want to overdo it and end up with an ego so big it demands its own office chair. Just the right amount of praise can oil the wheels, making your work life smoother than your boss's well-polished self-image.

Chapter 5: Surviving the Ego Storms

When the ego storms hit (and oh, they will), it's all about finding shelter without getting swept away. Keep a stash of metaphorical umbrellas handy—like a saved email of praise or a reminder of a past success. These little ego boosters can be your peace offering to the gods of narcissism, calming the storm until the skies clear and it's safe to work again.

Chapter 6: Ego Flattery vs. Reality Checks

Balancing flattery with gentle reality checks is like tightrope walking over Niagara Falls. It's thrilling, dangerous, and requires a balance pole made of tact and timing. "That's a revolutionary idea, but maybe we could consider this tiny tweak to make it even more groundbreaking?" is your go-to line. It's about making sure the ego lands softly, without a bruise in sight.

Conclusion: The Ego and You - A Love Story?

Dealing with a boss with a big ego isn't just about survival; it's about thriving. It's finding humour in the absurdity, learning patience you never knew you had, and developing negotiation skills that could defuse a bomb. Remember, at the end of the day, it's not personal. It's just ego.

And who knows? With enough practice, you might just become the ego whisperer, turning what could have been your biggest workplace nightmare into a masterclass in psychological agility. After all, if you can handle a boss with an ego that has its own weather system, what can't you handle?

So, there you have it, folks. A guide to dealing with a boss whose ego is so big, it's practically a coworker. Remember, keep your friends close, your enemies closer, and your ego-centric boss under the illusion that they're the best thing since sliced bread. After all, a little humor goes a long way in the workplace—especially when that workplace includes an ego the size of a small planet.

And now, dear reader, armed with these tips and tricks, may your workdays be productive, your boss's ego manageable, and your professional sanity intact. Because at the end of the day, it's all in a day's work.


  • Q: What if my boss's ego starts affecting my work negatively?
  • A: Communication is key. Frame feedback in a way that acknowledges their perspective but clearly outlines the impact on your work. And if all else fails, a discreet chat with HR may be your next best step.
  • Q: Can an egoistic boss ever change?
  • A: People can change, but it often requires a willingness to reflect and adapt. Your best bet? Focus on managing your own reactions and behaviors, and who knows, your boss might take a leaf out of your book.
  • Q: How do I maintain my own self-esteem in such an environment?
  • A: Keep a record of your achievements, seek feedback from trusted colleagues, and remember, your worth isn't determined by anyone's inability to see it—especially not an ego-driven boss.

Before you go, don't forget to check out some interesting external links for more laughs and wisdom on navigating the corporate jungle:

  • How To Work With A Narcissistic Boss: Dr. Craig Malkin, a clinical psychologist and the author of "Rethinking Narcissism" reveals two effective ways to handle a narcissistic boss.
  • TED Talks: Leadership Lessons from Great Egos: Learn how even the biggest egos can teach us something about leadership.

Remember, folks, laughter is the best medicine, especially when it comes to dealing with egos. Keep smiling, keep striving, and most importantly, keep your sense of humour about you.

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