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Part VI: How to Read Your Boss

Part VI: How to Read Your Boss

Even the best efforts of competent employees are stymied if they do not have information about their particular boss’ needs, preferences, motivators and demotivators. As a result, supervisors may perceive that their staff is resistant, incapable, disloyal, uncooperative or even incompetent. Employees may perceive that their supervisor is unpredictable, unclear or uncaring.

Exercise 1: Complaints and Frustrations

Following is a list of common complaints expressed by people who do not understand their managers. Check the statements that characterize your frustrations with your supervisor.

___ My boss thrives on chaos that s/he creates.
___ I never complete an assignment because of all the last minute revisions and rewrites.
___ My boss talks so much during staff meetings that we never get out on time and we adjourn with the agenda only partially completed.
___ My manager is so specific about how I should do my work that there really is no room for my creativity.
___ My supervisor is so cautious about making changes that it is impossible to get a timely decision.
___ Our team starts a project and then our manager gives us five more things to do.
___ By rushing and neglecting details, my boss creates crises that I have to resolve.
___ My supervisor is always distracted. Even while we are discussing a project, he takes care of other telephone calls and people who stop by to ask questions.
___ Other (specify) __________________________________





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