From the “Corporate Survival Kit” series.
The corporate world is filled with things that can cause significant harm to your career and while it is impossible to avoid all of them, you can certainly do your very best to avoid the severe, career-ending threats.
That brings me to two horrible bosses that I often refer to as wild animals. While boss personalities vary significantly, I’ll reveal two of the most dangerous bosses (animals) of the corporate wilderness:
The BullyBoss - The only good news is that this creature can easily be identified because of their tendency to belittle, intimidate and virtually feast on the emotions of workers who are lower on the food chain (organizational chart ranking) than themselves. I describe this type of boss in great detail in a previous post, but it’s best to avoid this creature. However, if you’re forced to work with them, resist the urge to challenge them because you will inevitably become their bait. It will be difficult to avoid the urge to stand-up to the BullyBoss but trust me when I tell you that it’s not worth your job. Avoidance in the form of direct contact or confrontation is your best strategy. It seems that everywhere I look, TV shows, websites, celebrities and the general public are fighting back against school bullies. However, the corporate bully lives on unchallenged by the forces of good and that is a shame. I look forward to the day when these ancient animals of the corporate world get punished for their moral crimes against worker humanity. Until then, don’t try to be a hero…focus on survival.
YesMen – YesMen bosses are not as obvious as the BullyBoss which makes them especially dangerous. I despise this shallow creature so much that I included them in my permanent boss line-up. Be cautiously aware in what you say and do around this very observant animal. If you show the slightest sign of irreverence to the company, you can count on being labeled a “trouble-maker.” Once you have this label, you will be fighting an uphill battle to restore your reputation. Even worse, you may be branded as a potential defector which is someone who has a strong chance of leaving the organization. And with all potential defectors, the bosses will try to beat you to the punch by forcing you out or intentionally impeding your growth. As I mentioned earlier, job preservation is the name of the game so make sure you fly straight and bite your tongue when you are in the presence of this pusillanimous, do-gooder. One slip-up and you’ll be ratted out to the other bosses faster than you can utter the words, “you’re just a big ole’ butt-kisser.”
In just a few years of my professional career, I’ve encountered BullyBosses and YesMen personality types the most. To that end, I have also witnessed the bodies of their casualties being piled high on the corporate burial grounds. So I urge you, better yet, I implore you to avoid becoming a victim of their serial cruelty. I’ve seen many fighters win a battle or two but lose the war (their job).
To all of my dear workers, I bid you long life.
A Champion’s Cause:
“No one sat me down and taught me this stuff. I had to learn it all on my own by bumping my head and watching others do the same…so I freely give away all that I know to help others just like me.”
- Steele A. Champion
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