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Horrible Bosses Part VI: The Idiot

Okay, I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I have worked for a few guys that made me look like Einstein. 

When you experience this type, you will have no idea how they got promoted, but you will be certain that they have compromising pictures of their boss somewhere.  How else can you explain their corporate success?

How to deal with Dumb and Dumber? Don’t let your obvious disdain for her get in the way of you doing your job.

Bosses get into positions for all sorts of reasons and it is not … Continue Reading >>

Horrible Bosses Part V: The Glass is Half Empty

This post is part V in a six-part series from Jane Miller’s book, Sleep Your Way to the Top (and other myths about business success).

The sky is falling!  The sky is falling!  Did you just land a big sales deal?

This boss will congratulate you while asking how much margin you had to give up in order to secure the sale. Did you just bring your costs down by two cents per unit?  This boss will remind you that you are still five cents away from your goal.

Did you just complete an amazing analysis explaining why … Continue Reading >>

Horrible Bosses Part IV: The All Stick, No Carrot

This post is part IV in a six-part series from Jane Miller’s book, Sleep Your Way to the Top (and other myths about business success).

Some bosses just can’t say a nice thing. It is not in their DNA. Maybe they just got coal in their stockings at Christmas and harbor a belief that since they weren’t coddled no one else should be coddled either. 

Threatening has always worked for them in the past and they see no reason to not continue with this management style. Interestingly, you will find this boss is not always mean, but … Continue Reading >>

Horrible Bosses Part III: The Bi-Polar

This post is part III in a six-part series from Jane Miller’s book, Sleep Your Way to the Top (and other myths about business success).

You just wish this “bi-polar” boss could take some drugs to stabilize his mood swings. You are just not sure who is going to show up to work.  Is it Dr. Jekyll…kind, motivational and interested in you and your good work?  Or Mr. Hyde…tyrannical and demeaning?

With this guy you just can’t do anything right. I worked for this boss type once and it was confusing. At one point, I was … Continue Reading >>

Horrible Bosses Part II: The Passive Aggressive

This post is part II in a six-part series from Jane Miller’s book, Sleep Your Way to the Top (and other myths about business success).

The passive aggressive boss is tricky, because on the surface, he appears to have your best interests at heart.  In meetings, he will defer to you as though he is supporting your efforts.  That is how he lures you into his confidence. He pretends to be tuned into what you are doing and supportive of your actions.

But, the passive aggressive boss is very low on personal self-confidence and that manifests … Continue Reading >>