Devil Wears Prada Film Inspires Strategies for Dealing with a Real Life Nightmare Boss
Here’s an article you can use or expert you can interview or quote with advice to employees with
real life nightmare bosses inspired by the soon to be hit movie from the bestselling books, the
DEVIL WEARS PRADA, starring Meryl Streep as the boss from hell Mirada Priestly. The advice
is from Gini Graham Scott, Ph.D., an an expert on workplace relationships and author of A
SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR WORKING WITH BAD BOSSES from AMACOM Books.
HOW TO DEAL WITH THE BAD BOSS FROM HELL
by Gini Graham Scott, Ph.D.
If you’ve read the book or seen the film THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, you know that
Miranda Priestly, the editor-in-chief of Runway magazine, is the boss from hell and she can run
roughshod over her employees because she is offering a career-starter job with many perks in a
glamorous industry. But while her portrayal of this nightmare boss may be a caricature, her
dismissive attitude, complete lack of communication skills, and unrealistic expectations are all too
common in today’s workplace. In fact, most people will work for a difficult boss at some point in
So what do you do if you are in such a situation, and you have a boss who unreasonably
does things like Miranda such as: yells and screams at you, forces you to work extended overtime,
insults and humiliates you personally or in front of others, repeatedly makes changes and blames
you when things go wrong, and more. Well, there are techniques you can learn to make the job
bearable, and even rewarding, when working for a bad boss, even if you are in a situation where
you can’t sit down with the boss to seek changes and don’t want to leave because you desperately
need the job or see it as the next step up a career ladder.
In such a case, your best option is to do the best you can in what seems like an impossible
situation to your stress. If you can’t change it and don’t want to head out the door, change yourself
or other things in your life, so you can better cope, even tu