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Bad Boss: Learn How to Manage Your Manager

...bosses hear of the need for increased communication, they fire off more e-mails or beef up intranet sites. But electronic communication is becoming a huge barrier to conversation and understanding. The more electronically connected bad bosses become, the more humanly disconnected their teams are. Micro-management: Bad bosses are often micro-managers...

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Bad Boss or Bully Boss? Don’t be a Victim

Surveys show that many people have been bullied by their boss or have witnessed bullying. As I wrote in Is Your Boss a Bully or Just a Really Poor Leader? there’s often a fine line between a bad boss and a bully boss. Bad bosses are frequently good people doing...

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Leading Up: How to Lead an Ineffective Boss

...in spite of — their formal role or position. That’s especially important in influencing upward to the boss and even further up the organization. As that Chinese proverb reminds us, “don’t curse the darkness; light a candle.” Strong leaders don’t allow themselves to be victims of a bad boss. Many...

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Being a Strong Leader Despite a Bad Boss

...don’t allow themselves to be victims of a bad boss. Choosing to do that is like choosing to hang wallpaper with one arm tied behind our back. Many managers lose the “boss lottery” and, through no fault of their own, end up reporting to an ineffective executive. We may not...

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Bullying or Bad Boss: Bad Person, Inexperienced, Unskilled, or Cultural Artifact?

Tomorrow we publish my February blogs in the March issue of The Leader Letter. This issue focuses on bully and bad bosses. The line between a bad boss and a bully boss can be tough to discern. It’s mostly about intentions. Bad bosses often intend to do well — and...

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Dealing with a Bad Boss: Are you Leading, Following, or Wallowing?

...a bad boss. The highly-rated leader sees their bad boss as giving powerful lessons in what not to do. Weak leaders often don’t recognize the extent of their own Victimitis. They aspire to lead but end up demoralizing their own teams and frustrate themselves by choosing to be disempowered by...

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Why is Your Boss a Weak Leader?

...role model other than another ineffective boss. Maybe they watched an executive bully and intimidate his or her way up the organization. Maybe they saw micro-management result in promotions. Or maybe they’re now working for a bad boss and mimicking that behavior; often, bad bosses promote in their own image....

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Halloween Tips for Dealing with a Scary Boss

...evil. They’re often good people doing a bad job. This may be because of low leadership skills or he or she may have a “fatal flaw” that overshadows their strengths. As Jack Zenger was quoted in last week’s Wall Street Journal article “The Truth About Bad Bosses“, “most bad bosses...

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5 Ways to Deal with a Bad Boss

Bad bosses can be deadly. One 15-year study found that when employees had a difficult relationship with their boss, they were 30% more likely to suffer from heart disease. Perhaps really bad bosses have lower coronary disease because their hearts are seldom used! If you have ever said, “My boss...

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Do You Work for a Bully Boss? Are You One?

...out by bad bosses have higher rates of sickness, heart attacks, injuries, and death. You might need strategies to deal with a bad boss. Boss management or upward leadership could make a huge difference in your health and well-being. The “take-charge boss” has long been associated with the military. “Well,”...

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Are you a Bully or Bad Boss? How do you KNOW?

We’ve just completed a series of blogs on leadership hypocrisy and bullying or bad bosses. You may have completed our bully boss quiz. It’s very easy to see bad or bullying leadership in others. It’s much tougher to recognize our leadership shortfalls. As American social psychologist and Professor of Ethical...

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Upward Leadership: 7 Tactics to Influence Your Boss

One of the most read articles on our web site is “Bad Boss: Learn How to Manage Your Manager“. Upward leadership is a crucial and often underdeveloped skill. Many people give far too much power and control to their boss. If they’ve won the “boss lottery” and report to a...

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Dealing with an Ineffective Boss

...effective boss. What takes courage, skill, and Emotional Intelligence is upward leadership, when we have a weak or a bad boss. You may have a boss who needs a surge protector to buffer his or her mouth from emotional outbursts. Or a wind sock outside his or her office to...

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Refusing to be Victimized by a Bad Boss

...in you. You might also want to take a look at the growing skill/mind set of “upward leadership.” This means that if you do find yourself in a job and organization you like but with a bad boss, don’t be a victim. Take control your own situation and learn how...

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Dealing with a Bad Boss

I wish I had a sure-fire formula for changing the boss! It’s one of the common questions I get during my leadership development workshops. If this is your issue, I think you have these choices: 1.Do nothing and hope things get better. 2.Work around your boss and try to avoid...

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Reflections on “Nine Leadership Behaviors” and a Bad Boss Mirror Check

...27% planned their escape. Carol identifies “five common types of bad bosses: Micromanager Poor communicator Bully Saboteur Mixed nuts” See “Are You a ‘Horrible Boss’?” to read her blog and get more insights to looking in the mirror at whether you might resemble any of the types of bad bosses....

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The Cascading Effect of Good and Bad Leaders

...the leaders at the top were as highly committed to fixing themselves first. • Leaders cast a strong shadow on those who report to them. Jack and Joe just published their findings in their columns in Harvard Business Review blog Will Your Bad Boss Make You a Bad Boss, Too?...

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Is Your Boss a Bully or Just a Really Poor Leader?

...or believe it happens. 40% of those bullied suffered adverse health consequences. The report concludes “these proportions are epidemic-level” and “bullying is an occupational health hazard.” Nearly 2/3 of bullies were bosses. There’s often a fine line between a bad boss and a bully boss. Bad bosses are often good...

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Quiz – Is Your Boss a Bully?

There’s often a fine line between a bad boss and a bully boss. Bad bosses are often good people doing a bad job. Bully bosses usually have complex psychological issues or badly twisted personal values. Sometimes people suffering abuse think it’s their fault or they brought it on themselves in...

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Lead Your Boss to Build Support for Your Development

...and coach their boss on how to coach them. I’ve written a fair bit about Upward Leadership, such as “Bad Boss: Learn How to Manage Your Manager” and other articles listed in the topic area of Serving, Influencing, and Leading Upward. Gaining your manager’s support for your ongoing coaching and...

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