Whenever I tell someone I’m teaching an evening MBA class entirely devoted to “managing difficult people” the response is the same. “Oh, boy do I need to take that class.” Or, “Why didn’t they have that when I was in school?” There was a long waiting list for the course. Apparently the working world is full of serious loony tunes. Perhaps. But as we dug deeper, the
He’s smart, quick on his feet, and he’s got power. All attempts to persuade him have failed. You could just give in. After all you’ve tried and he’s the boss. If he wants it that way, fine. But, deep in your heart you know you’re right. You care. It matters. Others are counting on you. Click here for a FREE PERSUADE PDF to use with your team. PERSUADE-Model (1)
How to PERSUADE
Ideally your boss is interested, eager to remove roadblocks, asking provocative questions, and helping build your career. That’s the leader I wish for you, and want you to be. But, with 71% of workers disengaged, chances are one day or another you’ll work for a disengaged boss.
5 Benefits of a Disengaged Boss
On the surface it sucks. Your team’s killing themselves and your boss is just not
Darn-it. You screwed up. Or, perhaps you trusted your team and now you have empowerment run amok. You don’t want to blame, but you’re mad too. Your boss will be ticked. And worse, she might have to tell her boss. It’s time to come clean. How do you tell your boss the bad news?
Bad News the D.A.R.N. Way
The good news: handle this well and you’ll increase your leadership credibility
When the going gets tough, managing up gets tougher. Scared stifles truth. Needs stay unsaid. Unfounded worries mushroom in the dark. Unquestioned assumptions breed false conclusions. Your boss can’t know what you’re thinking. Don’t assume–anything. Unsaid needs can never be met. “My boss won’t understand,” is likely
False urgency can be lethal in organizations, and it become more toxic the higher it starts. Gravity exaggerates false urgency.
How You Are Unknowingly Creating False Urgency
Even if you are an empowering, enlightened leader, if you are the “boss” and you say “jump” (through your words or unintentional reactions), your team will likely start jumping. Since it’s difficult to