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Why your boss sucks

Why your boss sucks

 

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:

Micro-Manager

  • 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

Coach

  • 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

 

Kevin Kennemer is founder of The People Group based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Kevin is driven by his passion for company owners and their need to earn a profit, employees desire for a positive and fulfilling work experience, and the community that benefits when both groups do well. Clients benefit from Kevin's twenty years of people practices experience as a director of human resources, chief human resource officer of an international energy company, and business entrepreneur as a great workplace advocate showing CEO's how to increase productivity and profits.

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