Horrible Bosses Part III: The Bi-Polar

Posted In: The Office
Posted On: 11/17/2014

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 the darling of the company and could do no wrong. Almost as quickly, I became a pariah and could do no right. What made the change happen? When I was the darling, I was making the boss look good and by the way, the business overall was performing quite well. I morphed into the pariah when the business was not going so well and the boss needed someone to blame. How to deal with Mr. Split Personality? First, if you are the darling, enjoy it while you can, but never assume this state of grace will continue.  Don’t let it go to your head (I kinda did) and think you are all that. Why? Because the bi-polar will play favorites and today’s favorite may not be the favorite tomorrow. Now when you become the pariah, don’t take it personally because it was inevitable that this would happen.  Just understand that the boss has pressures that have nothing to do with you. You are just the dog that he needs to kick at this moment.  Weather the storm. Don’t overreact. It is his problem, not yours. And there’s more: the All Stick, No Carrot Boss is next...