Oh he’s good. Very good. He gets sh__ done. It’s hard to argue with the results. So what if he’s ruffling a few feathers… with his team, with his peers, with HR, with IT? The better he does, the better you look. And so you choose to look the other way, shrug your shoulders and chalk it up to the cost of genius. And that may work. For a while. If you’re lucky you can get him promoted
Gamers are manipulators. They spend their days playing dirty politics, working one person against one another in their ceaseless quest for status. In their mind, winning is not related to organization results. Their meetings and efforts at delegation usually have two layers of meaning, with political subtext just below the surface. Gamers attract a motley cast of sycophants, other Gamers, and the disaffected
Like other good things in life, a great boss relationship, taken to extremes, can wreak havoc with your career. I’ve seen otherwise smart and talented people lose credibility by over-aligning with a great boss. Be sure to diversify your relationship investments. Perhaps you’ll recognize these career-derailing characters. Avoid these common traps.
Great Boss Traps
The Coat Tail Rider On the surface it
Weak managers hide behind powerful. Wimpy leaders fear their own opinions. Teams can’t follow pass through. Be inspired by your boss. Understand their vision. Then, make it your own. Never play, “my boss says.” Copycats don’t inspire vision, build trust, motivate greatness, or develop anyone. Don’t enable teams to pull the “boss says” lever. As Kouzes and Posner explain
A side effect of being a leadership blogger is that people go out of their to tell me stories of “bad leadership.” Unfortunately bad leaders are everywhere, and show up in all kinds of organizations. Lately my readers and others have been sending me examples of what I call, “unnecessary roughness.”
“It was Superbowl Sunday, 5 minutes before kickoff, and