It's not the work that's so hard-it's the people. The micromanaging control freak. The boss who takes credit for everything. The coworker who regularly strolls in late and takes leisurely breaks. There's no escaping problematic personalities. And there's no point fighting or letting tensions simmer. Instead, learn to build positive, productive relationships with everyone in your workplace-and put your career on an unstoppable upward trajectory. Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Difficult People is an all-in-one trouble-shooting guide for resolving any kind of conflict with your boss or coworkers. Organized for quick lookup, the book helps you identify situations that push your emotional buttons. It offers powerful tools for defusing potentially explosive situations, including: 325 phrases that lead to constructive conflict-resolution conversations 20 challenging coworker behaviors, with specific phrases and actions for dealing with each 10 difficult boss personality types, with guidelines for working through problems with each Tips for recovering from blunders you may have caused yourself A five-step process for turning bad situations into positive ones Nonverbal communication skills to back up your words "I" phrases, phrases of apology, phrases of compromise, and other useful words for building relationships "Why This Works" and "Something to Think About" sections that clarify tactics Don't get bogged down by people who are incompetent, hog the spotlight, whine, backstab, avoid work, or create other problems. You can interact effectively with even the most challenging people by using these pithy, powerful solutions for quickly resolving workplace strife.