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How Do I Deal with a Manipulative Boss?

by | Sep 10, 2022 | Asking For a Friend Featured, By Karin Hurt |

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“What do I do if my boss is a “gamer” manager–the kind of manipulative boss you talk about in your book Winning Well?  This dude is not really focused on results or relationships. I feel like a pawn.  What should I do? #AskingforaFriend

This is a question we get quite frequently from people reading our book:  Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide To Getting Results– Without Losing Your Soul.

3 Tips for Dealing with a Manipulative Boss

Today, I offer a few thoughts. Have you ever worked for someone like this? What would you add?

1. Whatever you do, don’t get sucked into the gaming, manipulative boss vortex.

First, don’t become a manipulative manager yourself. You have a long career to consider. It’s very important that you maintain the credibility of your own brand.

2. Focus on creating a “cultural oasis.

Next, be sure that everyone you lead and influence is being led well. Show up with confidence and humility, focused on results and relationships.

Be deliberate in building trust: up, down, and sideways.

3. Build a strong network of mentors and peer relationships,

And, surround yourself with people who will help you continue to grow. Get the support you need to stay true to your values.

What would you add?

What advice do you have for someone who has a manipulative boss, “gamer” boss?

#leadershipdevelopment #leadership #badbosses #courageouscultures David Dye Let’s Grow Leaders Jared Herr

Note: This was filmed at the King’s Road in Ireland on a pre-pandemic trip speaking at the Project Management Institute Global conference.

This question continues to come up so frequently, that I thought it was time to gather additional insights.

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Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt helps human-centered leaders find clarity in uncertainty, drive innovation, and achieve breakthrough results.  She’s the founder and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. She’s the award-winning author of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and a hosts the popular Asking For a Friend Vlog on LinkedIn. A former Verizon Wireless executive, Karin was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. Karin and her husband and business partner, David Dye, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.

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