Category: Boss

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Be your team’s umbrella

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I learned this one from a wise boss. “When it rains on my boss,” he said, “everybody gets wet unless I become the umbrella.” People above you on the org chart can do things that rain all over your team unless you become the umbrella. As much as you can, keep them safe and dry when it rains above  »  Read More

Boss, are You the Cause of Stress?

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Cliff was a hulking bear of a man who was a senior executive in my first and only corporate employer. He was known for loud, abusive rages that would leave him trembling with anger with a red face and a vein standing out on the side of his neck. Once, when he was reaching the end of one of his tirades, another executive in  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: You have no power

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When you were an individual contributor and wanted to do something, you just did it. But now that you’re a boss you don’t have that power anymore. You have to convince your team members to do things and they have the final word. That’s the bad news. The good news is that you’ve got boatloads of  »  Read More

Why are there so many bad bosses?

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“Boss” is a loaded term for many people, but I think it’s the best term to describe a person who is responsible for the performance and care of a group. It’s a job. Many of the people who have that job don’t seem to be doing it very well. How Many Bad Bosses Are There? Popular wisdom has it that there are an  »  Read More

Leadership: A Bunch of Cs for Bosses

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Being a boss is a bit like playing golf. There are 42 bazillion things you can get good advice about and then concentrate on improving. That’s part of the fun. Since there’s no one set of perfect principles and no short list of the things you must do, your challenge is to suck the important advice for you out  »  Read More

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