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a lousy boss -- a blessing in diguise

By r_liaqat ·
Ofthen a lousy boss becomes a blessing in the meaning that he does not much interfere in your duties.So you will have an excellent opportunity to do work with your own priorities with the calm of mind

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What about a GOOD boss?

by mjd420nova In reply to a lousy boss -- a blessin ...

Why can't a good boss do the same. Having confidence in your emplotees is fundamental to good management. Allowing the workers to do their jobs without being subjected to micro-management, or unreasonable demands really allows the workers to excel in their own fields. The bosses must realize that they do hold power over others and this does affect performance when they are being scrutuinized at every turn. Some bosses take leadership from the navy and appoint themselves as captain and then give the management duties to an executive officer. This helps to seperate the boss from the one who makes the assignments and thus the scorn of the workers for misallocating assets.

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you make it sound so simple

by Shellbot In reply to What about a GOOD boss?

i've never really had one of those bosses (that you describe), only the other kind.

it can work out well, they let you have free reign to cover up thier own incompetence. now not saying they were "lousy" but they were not great either.
i appreciate its not an easy job to do, i've done it myself, but some (the minority) just perfect lousiness into an art form.

but whats worse, those 2 options, or not having a boss. imagine floating adrift in the company, and some major problems are occuring and no one can do anything for you. you don't have the authorisation to "do what you have to to get the job done" and are hesisitant to, because if anyting does wrong, your going to be hung out to dry...

its the worst

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It's 60/40....

by Gilsbugs In reply to What about a GOOD boss?

I agree that a good manager sets reasonable goals,knows where to assign tasks, knows who needs "motivation" and knows who to let roam. A good boss is not that easy to find. You need someone that is part psycologist, a master at reading body language and tone and someone that genuinely cares about "his crew".
The "Bad Boss", if he's ignorant, then luck is on your side. Play him, baffle him with BS, dazzle him with brilliance but always keep him in the dark. Remember, you are the wizards and you never screw with the wizard.
If he is just down right BAD, document everything, get a calender and everytime time he comes accross in a manner other than proper, or gives you unreasonable demands,write it down. This will be your passport to nail him if you have to. When it comes to evaluations or if charges need be filed,you will have an upper hand when you start reading from your journal and he's babbling in attempt to justify his actions.

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It's 60/40....

by Gilsbugs In reply to What about a GOOD boss?

I agree that a good manager sets reasonable goals,knows where to assign tasks, knows who needs "motivation" and knows who to let roam. A good boss is not that easy to find. You need someone that is part psycologist, a master at reading body language and tone and someone that genuinely cares about "his crew".
The "Bad Boss", if he's ignorant, then luck is on your side. Play him, baffle him with BS, dazzle him with brilliance but always keep him in the dark. Remember, you are the wizards and you never screw with the wizard.
If he is just down right BAD, document everything, get a calender and everytime time he comes accross in a manner other than proper, or gives you unreasonable demands,write it down. This will be your passport to nail him if you have to. When it comes to evaluations or if charges need be filed,you will have an upper hand when you start reading from your journal and he's babbling in attempt to justify his actions.
60 for the good boss,40 for the bad. Although I favor a good boss with 60, with 40 for a bad one you can just about do anything or nothing and get paid.

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Not true

by j.lupo In reply to a lousy boss -- a blessin ...

a lousy boss can be a micro-manager. Won't go to bat for you, won't listen. Gives you direction that you know is wrong and then blames you when things don't work right.

What you describe is a laizze-faire (sp?, darn need that spell checker) boss. This is one that basically lets you do your own thing with minimal interaction. Does not mean they are lousy, just a different management style.

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I disagree with the "lousy" appellation

by Tig2 In reply to a lousy boss -- a blessin ...

What it appears that you are describing is a boss that DOESN'T micro manage. This isn't bad.

On my teams, everyone knows what they are supposed to accomplish and knows that I will hold them accountable if they run into problems and fail to tell me about them. I assume that my team is adult enough to communicate proactively.

To insure that level of proactive communication I watch for the signs that I am not getting it. Then I my management style gets a bit closer for that individual.

What is key to me- Does the boss let you do your job or simply refuse to provide direction? Does the boss support you in conflict with other teams/departments? Or does he just stand by and watch you get hit by other teams/departments? Is the boss proactive? Or is micro manager a more apt description?

There are others but that is a start.

Never assume that a boss is a bad boss because they aren't in your workspace every ten minutes re-prioritising your day.

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TiggerTwo - you said that

by j.lupo In reply to I disagree with the "lous ...

much better than I did. Of course it could also be a laizze-fair manager. But i like your view better.

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Think of it as an opportunity

by LocoLobo In reply to a lousy boss -- a blessin ...

My boss has been both types. Sometimes trying to micromanage, sometimes lost in his problems and has no clue where the team is. And I think of him as a good boss. I count the above as mistakes that anyone can make from time to time. For the most part he is there when we need input on a project. Yet he leaves us alone to perform.
But your message reminds me of a time when he was really busy. I really didn't have any work to do. Not much anyway. I took that time to explore our network, facility, and tried some interesting projects on my own. Eventually things changed and we had to go back to work.

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