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Is your boss crazy?

Is your boss temperamental? A tad disorganized? Or do you suspect that he or she is just downright crazy? Take this fun quiz and then let's talk.

I've heard bad boss stories from TechRepublic members that made my hair stand on end. I recognize that I'm only hearing one side of the tale. Still, the behavior described has been pretty eye-opening.

So I thought it would be fun to really stop and consider these "bad bosses." Is your bad boss just moody? Maybe a tad ineffective? A poor time manager? Or do you suspect that he or she is just out-and-out nuts?

I came across a fun quiz supplied by Fortune.com's Stanley Bing in which you answer questions about your boss's behavior. So take the quiz and find out if your boss is crazy.

Come back to this discussion area and let me know what you found out.

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Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

18 comments
hcombs
hcombs

At a former company I came in one morning to find the boss, an early bird, was not in. He called me at 9:00 to come bail him out of jail. He was in for drunk and disorderly and firing a gun in city limits. He claimed that a bunch of Indians attacked him and shot up his pickup in the parking lot of his favorite bar. Things went down hill from there and I left in 6 weeks.

Bizzo
Bizzo

Not bad I think. Finally struck gold with my current boss. Although he did fail on question 2. He's technically very competent, knows I'm not interested in revenue streams, so the only answer that fits is the humping rabbits. Reckon I'd find that quite amusing.

Dr_Zinj
Dr_Zinj

Spent a miserable year in Korea back in the early eighties. Had a great supervisor for the first month, then had a guy come into the office same grade, but senior to him. I was junior guy in office so got placed under the new man as part of his reports. I didn't drink and go whoring at the time and that's all he wanted to do. Since I wouldn't "run with the dogs with him" I soon became personae non grata. Cost me an entire year's promotion cycle. But at least I didn't catch an STD and I still have a functioning liver.

NotSoChiGuy
NotSoChiGuy

...to working for a crazy boss was years back at a consulting firm. When she would critique someone's development, she would say the color scheme needed to be changed to 'energize the user's chokras' or to 'enhance the chi of the page'. She would go on about 'enabling our user community to align their efforts with their spirits'. She also had a crystal in her office that I am pretty sure I saw here praying with/to one time. Not exactly crazy in the volatile sense, but difficult to deal with, nonetheless.

JamesRL
JamesRL

I once had a crazy boss, well actually the company president, very early in my career. He insulted customers (who were close to signing multi-million dollar deals), he yelled at staff in open offices, he alienated his reports. All in all a shining example of what not to do. After I left, I became aware of a group of expats who got together once a month to tell stories and drink. Most of the storied revolved around the crazy one. I'd like to think I learned from that experience. Amnd what I learned was this - life is to short to put up with cr@p. They don't pay me enough, and there are better opportunities out there. So if you have a crazy boss, and you stay...well more fool you. My current boss is a little nutty, but we get along great. His boss and I also get along great, and I get to make fun of him in front of his boss without repurcussions. The pay isn't great, but you know, it could be worse. James

Jaqui
Jaqui

but I am not crazy. I am completely unsane, but not crazy. :D

Locrian_Lyric
Locrian_Lyric

I had a boss who threw things at people. If he had ever connected, he would have killed someone. He also beat a box fan with a 2-4 while it was running.

Neil Higgins
Neil Higgins

My boss announced to the staff that he had trashed the main office server,so that we would have something to do after the holiday period!!

Jaqui
Jaqui

button pushing game? :D which person is going to push which button today? [ intentionally pushing, not accidentally ] I like workplaces where it's played, since it keeps you on your toes to handle any situation, no matter how your day is going.

DrunkWithPower
DrunkWithPower

I created a small app ON MY OWN TIME to fix some problems at work. After I presented it to my boss, she went off the deep end and scolded me. She said I needed to be "micromanaged". A couple of days later she said "Your app is really going to give the team some great exposure. Great job". It felt like I've been given a hug right after being sodomized. There were many episodes like this over the year I worked for her but this was the most shocking for me.

JamesRL
JamesRL

I push my bosses buttons sometimes. Its a kind of teasing, and it breaks the tension. He can take a little teasing, and he laughs. I don't do it with staff I don't know very well. I play cards at lunch and one guy plays a very unorthodox style. Sometimes his partners or opponents look at him funny for something he does, and he constanly harps back to the fact that his team was second in the tournament two years in a row. I push his buttons, but he deserves it. I have some meek and mild staff who I just don't make fun of or tease at all. James

robert.e.albright
robert.e.albright

You sound like a professional troll. No thanks. I perfer to enjoy my day, not at the expense of others.

Jaqui
Jaqui

that I'm unsane is that for some reason it's not sane to want to kill off 90% of the humans on the planet.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

In military war games it's common for the controllers / "referees" to walk into your area, point to one or more people and say, "You're dead. Go sit over there." They'll also point to equipment and declare it offline or out of service. It tests your ability to work around disabled systems and cover for casualties.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

"...it's not sane to want to kill off 90% of the humans on the planet." Can I at least wish they'd at least go away? And why only 90%? "If we weren't all crazy, we would go insane." Jimmy Buffett - Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes