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Chapter 18. Management by Type > The One with Two Faces

The One with Two Faces

This type of manager makes you feel as if you are the only person in the room. Your input matters a great deal, and you receive smiles and nods of agreement and encouragement. Once you leave the room, however, you’ll be talked about to colleagues and management in a negative way that you would never ascribe to him or her. You wouldn’t think it true or possible, but it is. Managers with two faces are out for themselves beyond any other objective. They will motivate you to get the desired work needed to cement a good personal perception from their own bosses for themselves. The one with two faces is a sycophant who manages up very well and won’t mind cutting you out of the way if doing so helps his or her own upward mobility. Look out.

What can you do if you’re working for a two-faced manager? Deliver stellar work, on time, every time. Engage in business conversations but never gossip. This person is not your friend, so don’t be fooled or taken in by flowing charms. Don’t give this person any reason to speak ill of you, as far as you can control it. Listen well to make sure you’re right about your perception of this person’s character; and if you learn that you have been spoken of in a way that is not true or fair, find a way to confront him or her about it directly. Speak in nonemotional terms with this type of manager while continuing to be a positive influence on your team or work unit.


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