Bad Managers are Bad News

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

May 07

It is a minefield.

Getting a new manager starts your whole career over again — because the old saying that you are only as good as your manager is really true.

In my career, I’ve had about twenty different managers. Maybe thirty. All I know is that in my entire career, I’ve never had my review be done by the same manager two years in a row, save one.

For the most part, we’re all able to manage with the manager and adjust to the new fangled things that need to be done.

And sometimes we can’t because the manager is so bad. Nothing you say or do works. The agenda with the new manager is so far off what is good that you have a hard time coping — and wondering what storm you just walked into.

We’ve all had bad managers — how did you cope?

UPDATE: For example, “juiceless” managers like this one. Amazing…

  • One very difficult manager had to be harshly handled to preserve my position. Basically called him out and asked him rather roundaboutly “if [he] had been planned on making [the company] a career?”

    Nothig more had to be said, as he was smart enough to know that if he took me down, then he was going too.

    Gave him a mental shift that we were “teamed” and his success depended on mine.

    Worked.

    Steve

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