Wednesday, December 11, 2013

I’m the Boss & I Can Do What I Want.



Read the title of this post and be honest…have you ever thought that? Are you thinking that right now? Or gawd fubid…have you ever actually said that to someone who works for you? I hope you think that’s a crazy idea, but sadly, there are too many managers who spew out that nonsense on a regular basis. Please believe me – it’s total rubbish.

First, the advice on what to do about it: cut it out. Stop it. Don’t say it ever again. Just stop. In fact, don’t even think it anymore, ever.

Everything about that sentence is bad for your business. (and for you, personally, but that’s a post for another time). It’s also bad for morale, innovation, employee engagement, and your company’s future success. However, if your answer to that question was no, then you can stop reading and go get a latte. But first, send this to someone who needs to read it.

You KNOW this is true: nobody wants to be around someone who thinks like that, let alone manages with that philosophy. What you’re really messaging out there is this, “I’m better than you, I’m smarter than you and I matter more than you do”. Ick, ick, ick…a hundred times ick.

If you still don’t believe me – or worse, if you don’t understand why this is a problem then I suggest you conduct a simple survey. Write that one sentence in an email and send it to ten people you respect. Ask for their opinion. Or – go old school: write it on a piece of paper and post it on the bulletin board in the break room. Or tape it in the rest rooms. Ask for feedback.

Don’t argue with me. Just do it. I’m the boss.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Jake,

How could I get in touch with you? Couldn't find your email on the blog...

Thanks,
Paul
pfaguet@gmail.com

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