We’ve all had them right? The boss who brings pain, anguish, frustration to a working life. They put pressure on the need to put bread on the table and preoccupies the mind when sleep should bring rest.
Whether it’s the deceiver, the faker, the out for themselvers, the lazy, the weak, the arrogant, the boss who just fails to be..well, a leader.
If you’ve not had a bad boss then you’re either lucky or self employed!
Anecdotes of our working woes have been employed to humour family and friends since the start of employment. What would the workers at the pyramid of giza have said of their bosses?
I was in a shop recently where I heard two workers being, well less than complimentary of the boss. The comments suggested this was their bad boss, sounding like the boss fell into the lazy and weak category with a splash of arrogance!
OUCH..they must really be a bad boss right?
Walking back to my car, and on the drive to work the thought kept replaying in my mind..What to do with a bad boss?
The bad boss is still a person, someone who needs to bring bread to their own table so why do they need to be..well bad.
We’re all in it together aren’t we?
I’ve also been lucky to have leaders in my life who really do listen inspire allow growth and..well they lead you to a better place amazing.
I’ve had two bad bosses, the first was inflexible and stuck to the rules, couldn’t change and wouldn’t want to..yet the second was the definite clear bad boss winner and all time champion.
Feel free to challenge this!
He offended pretty much all of my values and core beliefs; Honesty, integrity, team working, helping others yep they all got pretty much pooped on!
This guy not only takes the biscuit, he bought the biscuit factory!
For my first bad boss I felt powerless with the ‘only out’ being to find another job.
Which is what I did.
Thankfully for my ‘poop dropping biscuit factory owner’ bad boss I had a fantastic friend and coach who gave me great advice and helped me to grow as an employee and person.
If you can find a great coach the battle is half won.
He taught me to believe in myself, that I have a voice, to use it and challenge the boss, become the parent, win the small battles, create conviction and in turn value.
Trust me this is not one of those linkedin type blogs which offers little return from a big opening statement..its my experiences of bad bosses done in a humourous way!
The coaching along with my conviction to change did make a positive outcome. Yes along the way there was a whole bag of private ranting!
Words are easier than action I get it but if the bread goes stale, your future goes moldy.
It’s not only the boss who’s bad, maybe we need to self reflect, judge and adjust ourselves like we want to do our bosses. We’re all getting that bread on the table and need each other to do so to drive our business forward.
Whatever business that maybe.
For me I’ve learnt the only options are not just to accept a bad boss or to leave a job.
I had a tonne of low points but like I said having a great coach really helps.
Through him i went for that positive change, to push the boss into being a leader, it didn’t work but it improved me as a employee and got me noticed.
Why should the bad boss crush our standards and values, they belong to us.
I have to say, those workers whilst ranting were doing a great job so maybe it was just the blowing of steam and not the willingness to change.
There will always be the 9 to 5 anecdotes and long may they live..to an extent.