Surrounded by Bad Bosses – the new book by Thomas Erikson, best-selling author of Surrounded by Idiots

Thomas Erikson has enjoyed tremendous success with the books Surrounded by Idiots and Surrounded by Psychopaths, both in Sweden and abroad. In his follow-up, Surrounded by Bad Bosses, published in September, he dissects the relationship between managers and employees.

Thomas Erikson has enjoyed tremendous success with the books Surrounded by Idiots and Surrounded by Psychopaths, both in Sweden and abroad. In his follow-up, Surrounded by Bad Bosses, published in September, he dissects the relationship between managers and employees.

Anyone who has ever had a terrible boss knows just how much this can impact on
motivation – and indeed self-confidence. In fact, many people resign from their boss, not their job. Even the best of jobs can become infected by the wrong boss. I want everyone to understand what they can do in order to work better with their boss. And to take responsibility for their own development,” says Thomas Erikson.

Just as in Surrounded by Idiots, Thomas bases his discussion on the DISC (Dominance-Influence-Steadiness-Conscientiousness) model, one of the most globally widespread methods for sorting behavioural differences in human communication. This time, the focus is on leadership.

“The new book deals with communication between employees and managers. Here too the four colours and personality types – red, yellow, green and blue – are central. But what does it mean for our interactions when one of us has power over the other?”

Thomas Erikson has personal experience as both a manager and an employee and has come across all types of bosses in his role as a leadership developer. In Surrounded by Bad Bosses you will find insights into why you and your boss never seem to agree and what you can do about it. The book shows how people’s various behaviours can be influenced and offers concrete advice on dealing with hopeless bosses who seem to be inhabiting a completely different planet.from you.

Given that there are always two sides to the coin, the book also includes an extra bonus for all managers in the form of Part Two: Surrounded by Shirkers – why some employees can’t seem to get the job done. This provides you, as a manager, with answers to questions about why some employees consistently underperform and why good leadership is so rare.

Publication date: Surrounded by Bad Bosses will be published on 26 September.

The book will be simultaneously released as an audiobook, split into two parts: Surrounded by Bad Bosses and Surrounded by Shirkers.

Thomas Eriksson is a lecturer, behavioural scientist and author of the books Surrounded by Idiots (hardback published by Hoi in 2014, paperback by Månpocket, 2017) and Surrounded by Psychopaths (published by Forum in 2017).

For further information, requests for review copies and interviews, please contact Edit Künstlicher at edit@editk.se or on +46 (0)70 818 57 00  

Thomas is a lecturer, behavioural scientist and author of the books Surrounded by Idiots (published by Hoi in 2014) and Surrounded by Psychopaths (published by Forum in 2017). His next book, Surrounded by Bad Bosses, will be published by Forum in September 2018.

With over 1 500 000 copies sold in his home country Sweden alone makes lecturer and communication expert Thomas Erikson one of Scandinavia’s most popular non fiction authors. His book “Surrounded by Idiots” was no 1 on top lists in Sweden, Finland, Norway and is also Sweden’s best-selling non-fiction books 2015-2019. Thomas’ books on communication and human behavior, “Surrounded by Idiots” (2014), “Surrounded by Psychopaths” (2017) and “Surrounded by Bad Bosses” (2018), has been translated to 33 languages.

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With over 1 500 000 copies sold in his home country Sweden alone makes lecturer and communication expert Thomas Erikson one of Scandinavia’s most popular non fiction authors. His book “Surrounded by Idiots” was no 1 on top lists in Sweden, Finland, Norway and is also Sweden’s best-selling non-fiction books 2015-2019. Thomas’ books on communication and human behavior, “Surrounded by Idiots” (2014), “Surrounded by Psychopaths” (2017) and “Surrounded by Bad Bosses” (2018), has been translated to 33 languages.

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Thomas Erikson has enjoyed tremendous success with the books Surrounded by Idiots and Surrounded by Psychopaths, both in Sweden and abroad. In his follow-up, Surrounded by Bad Bosses, published in September, he dissects the relationship between managers and employees.
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Anyone who has ever had a terrible boss knows just how much this can impact on motivation – and indeed self-confidence. In fact, many people resign from their boss, not their job. Even the best of jobs can become infected by the wrong boss. I want everyone to understand what they can do in order to work better with their boss. And to take responsibility for their own development,
says Thomas Erikson