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Here Comes the Boss

Brocha Miller

You have a great position, great hours, great pay. But you dread going to work — and it’s all because of the boss. Whether he’s a mini dictator, non-communicator, or credit hog, here are some coping strategies.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

illustrationIt’s Monday morning, 9 a.m. You file into the conference room for your biannual sales meeting, which you’ve been dreading for weeks. Your colleagues look like they’d rather be anywhere else. There are anxious glances, fidgeting feet, pens being unconsciously tapped on the table. Then the door opens and in walks The Boss.

The boss who interrupts when you speak, dismisses new ideas by rolling his eyes, and takes credit for your accomplishments. The meeting, predictably, is a disaster. The person next to you spends the whole time texting under the table. Your cubicle mate ducks every time a new project is presented. Everyone in the room keeps glancing at the clock, hoping time will somehow speed up.

Fast forward six months, to your next sales meeting. You enter the conference room, scanning your carefully prepared report. Your coworker opens her laptop and begins reviewing her documents. The boss walks in, holding a pile of folders, and starts the meeting.

Everyone is alert, taking meticulous notes. When the boss asks for input, hands fly into the air. Your colleagues eagerly bounce ideas off the boss, brainstorming possible solutions to the problem at hand.

You think back to six months ago and marvel at the difference. What changed?

Your boss. He was fired a few months ago and replaced by a new manager — one who knows how to lead people, how to draw out their best. You don’t dread your job anymore; in fact, you actually look forward to going into the office.

All because of the boss.


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