Most bosses think they do a pretty good job of keeping their subordinates happy. Don Bibeault has no such illusions. "I'm not a jolly fellow who's fun to be with," says Mr. Bibeault, a former turnaround specialist and CEO in Mill Valley, California . "I'm extremely dedicated and determined, and I don't have time to sugarcoat problems. If that's considered abrasive behavior, so be it."
Alan Reisberg was eager to find a more challenging job that would broaden his expertise. But unlike candidates who hope only to move from point A to point B, the New York advertising manager already had point C in sight when he quit his job at a major ad agency after nine years.