“Bad Boss” Revolution
Are you in a leadership position at work? Are you feeling pressure to be a perfect boss? Is your confidence in the toilet? Are you second guessing your decisions? Are you glad that Dominos delivers so you don’t have to leave your office for lunch or bother your admin (who you just know thinks you are a major jerk)?
I’ve scoured the web and just want you to know that you are not alone. Almost everyone, at every company around the world thinks they have a variation of the worst bully boss on the planet. Not feeling any better?
There is an epidemic, a surge of sites where employees can rag on how bad their boss is. Then they get tons of support that they should go to human resources and complain, get a good lawyer or do the obvious and quit.
Now with the economy still sour many are staying in jobs and simply complaining. They complain to their cube mates, they complain to their spouses, their lovers. They complain to their next door neighbors, and they complain on the web.
And in my consulting practice I notice that bosses are taking it on the chin. They are feeling inadequate, like a parent who can’t make “the kids” happy. And guess what! That is exactly part of the problem.
We have created an environment where we want, no, cross that out, expect our parents, our bosses, our leaders, to be picture perfect. Think about it. Leader bashing is a media sport. Monday morning quarterbacking is about what did not work, what should have been done better, and once in a while is about a good touchdown, good solution.
Glenn Beck makes a ton of money talking about what is not working in the world of leaders/bosses. Jon Stewart is cuter and funnier, yet, still boss/leader bashing is what gets the laughs.
We are addicted to what is not working!
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One of my most respected clients, a man who has graced the cover of national business magazines has finally let the anxiety hit him in the gut. He is a good boss, I mean a really good boss. He cares about his employees. He listens to his senior leadership team. He wakes up at 3 A.M. to jot down ideas for creative collaboration, for new ways of working together, for uplifting messages to send via the intranet.