“Greg” called to share his news, “You know that situation with my boss is going a lot better! I decided to go on the offense and just keep him over-informed. He loves it. Now he stays off my back and I can do my work.”
Bingo. Another “bad boss” tamed.
5 Ways to Tame a Bad Boss
Sure I’ve met some loony tunes over the years. But I’m convinced that almost every bad boss situation can be made at least a little bit better with some proactive work on your part.
Sure he should know better, he’s the boss right? Perhaps. But do you want to be right, or happier at work?
- Get Your Asks Together
If you need additional resources, tools, or want to attend training that will make you a better leader, you need to articulate a solid argument. Come with data, not emotion. The P.E.R.S.U.A.D.E. approach is a proven methodology that will help.
- Communicate Frequently In Bulleted Summaries
Like “Greg” it might feel like overkill on your end, and if it is, your boss will tell you. But I’ve NEVER minded my team keeping me informed in easy to digest ways. Find a coding system that works for you both (e.g. FYI UPDATE ________ (project name) in the email heading.)
- Follow the “No Blindside” Rule
If you’ve got bad news, be sure your boss hears it from you. Use the Winning Well D.A.R.N. method of bad news giving.
- Ask How You Can Make Their Job Easer
It’s likely your boss is dealing with pressures you don’t fully understand. Ask how you can be most helpful. Of course be prepared with a good answer when she turns the table and asks how she can best help you.
- Let It Go
I know, easier than it sounds. But harboring resentment never does a relationship any good. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Forgive as needed and try again.