On a related topic, Bob told me about a company called SuccessFactors. It makes performance and talent management software to automate performance reviews across global organizations and create visibility into performance data across the organization. This helps its customers determine how to find, promote, and pay people as well as how to manage succession planning.
Help me! What Should I do? There are assholes everywhere — from the morning commute to social media.
The Boorish Asshole is not someone simply behaving in an insensitive or rude manner. They have full knowledge they are pushing the boundaries of courtesy and respect, and are doing so with their ego and entitlement guiding them. Smug Assholes think the sun shines for them and that others are unworthy of its glow.
E ighty years ago, researchers began one of the longest and most complicated projects to understand human behavior in history. It would take almost 50 years to complete. But their work would define an entire field of psychology.
Some bosses are just … terrible. What can you actually do? Before you consider quitting, think about it as an opportunity, like this.
Dealing with a boss who seems to get some sort of sadistic pleasure out of making you miserable is basically a rite of passage. Or maybe it's not and I've just had a bad run. I spent a few too many unfortunate years working food service, where I almost exclusively had bosses I couldn't get along with.
Unfortunately, there are many jackasses running around in leadership roles these days. This can be very frustrating, depending on your appetite for abuse and how much you love what you do at the company where you are doing it. But before you throw your hands up just because your boss is degrading, condescending, a micro-manager, a yeller, a passive aggressive lamebrain or, simply a bully, there are strategies you can employ that will help you preserve your sanity.
Nothing sparks more commentary than asking employees about what makes a manager a bad boss. And, the feelings of their anger and despair come through in every discussion. Whether your spouse or partner or best friend is dealing with the behavior of a bad boss, you provide a listening ear—and possibly good advice about how to address the less than positive situation.