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How to I respond to a pretentious boss?

I am a RN and work in a hospital OR with a pompous, arrogant, superficial doctor who continually talks about himself, his toys and his beauty queen wife. I could throw up. How do I reply next time to his bragging? Serious answers only please. I've had it with this pretentious jerk.

Asked By: me - 7/8/2007
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I've worked with pretentious, pompous docs too. Your best bet is to ignore him. Let him talk. Make sure you aren't stuck in the same OR too often; tell your supervisor you think everyone should have to rotate through his room because he's such a pain to work with. At least he's not throwing instruments at you or... More
Answered By: Barberry - 7/8/2007
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When your boss goes on a brag fest ask him "What would you like me to say in response to your statements?" Or you could tell him that "I'm really sorry that you have low self esteem and need validation from me. Here's the number of a good therapist who might be able to help you."
Answered By: csucdartgirl - 7/8/2007
 
Just be glad he's not throwing his beeper at you.
Answered By: Delilah - 7/8/2007
 
Remember that when he talks of these things, they are often a sign of what is important to him.... material things, which perhaps, is all he has. Notice he doesn't speak about friendships, helping others, what he's doing for his mom, etc. All he has is superficial and materialistic. Don't be angry, be sad for him.
Answered By: Dulos - 7/8/2007
 
ignore him. that is the best way yes, wow. amazing. I cannot believe that lip service this jerk to death and he will stop.
Answered By: Michael M - 7/8/2007
 
He's obviously got a problem. The best way I have found to deal with people like that is to ignore them. Don't get smart with him or call him names around other people, you don't know who is on his side. Just do your job, although it may be hard. I had a boss just like that. He worked the same job in a lumber yard... More
Answered By: Stew - 7/9/2007
 
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