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Chapter 18. Management by Type > Innies Versus Outies as Managers

Innies Versus Outies as Managers

Remember back to your adolescent and teenage days when popularity and peer pressure were major sources of stress? We had our leaders, sports heroes, cheerleaders, and excellent students. We also had the wannabes. A yesterday wannabe doesn’t easily shed that suit. If you are working for a person who has something to prove to the world, much less to himself or herself, it might not be an easy ride for you as a subordinate. In other words, a person with a lot to prove sometimes lacks confidence and the manifested insecurity shows in many ways. You could encounter stinginess when it comes to contacts or information, because knowledge is power. You might not receive proper attribution because the outie needs the kudos. You might feel oppressed rather than free because the insecure manager is likely to draw a strict territorial line you cannot cross. This means you’ll have to run absolutely everything through this type of boss and he or she will use veto power freely to maintain complete control. This manager is likely to be intimidated if you ask for champion mentoring or come up with an idea that crosses into other departments. It’s most likely a jealousy thing: This person needs to be the best and the brightest. The outie needs to matter and to succeed very much, very deeply.

This person needs to be the best and the brightest. The outie needs to matter and to succeed very much, very deeply.



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