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Why your boss sucks

January 18th, 2012


Our friends at CultureRx recently posted a great article (click here) and infographic (below) discussing the blind spots bosses have about their management style.

If micro-managers are like babysitters, then the bosses we all hope to have are like great coaches. Coaches inspire and bring out the best in their team. Micro-managers slowly suck the life out of you. – Cali & Jody, Co-Founders of the ROWE Movement

Below are a few quick observations Cali & Jody make regarding micro-managers and coaches:


  • There is no shortage of insecure micro-managers
  • Likely thinks she is a very good leader
  • Tells employees when to arrive and leave – rigid schedules
  • Controlling and critical
  • Assumes employees must be watched to get work completed
  • Finished product is likely not good enough
  • Employees are afraid to make mistakes
  • She belittles her employees
  • Must get permission to leave early
  • Obtaining approval to work from a home office would be a “Moses parting the Red Sea” type of miracle
  • She will gladly throw employees under the bus if something goes wrong


  • Very few of this breed of leader actually exists
  • Trusts her team
  • Provides support to her team
  • Not concerned about arrival and departure times
  • Focuses on results
  • Mistakes are learning opportunities, not gripe-out sessions
  • Encourages employees to be creative
  • She’s got your back

Take this quiz and see how you measure-up.

Image Credit: CultureRx


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