How to Transform a Relationship with a Bad Boss

“Your boss may not be perfect but they are perfect for you.” Unknown

Imperfect situations are perfect places to grow.

grow in the mess


Karin Hurt on you have the boss you need (0:29):


Playing dead, while waiting for a different boss, doesn’t work. Build strong relationships, now.

Karin Hurt, author of, “Overcoming an Imperfect Boss,” on bosses that drove me crazy (1:52):

“You have more power than you think.”

What not to be?

Be careful that you don’t become like the bad boss. Bad bosses often teach us who not to be.

Bad bosses are:

  1. Unproductive. They run update meetings rather than collaboration meetings.
  2. Demeaning. They treat people above them differently from people below them.
  3. Closed. They’re not open to feedback.
  4. Short-sighted. They don’t invest in development.
  5. Confused. They have unclear vision and cause rework.
  6. Wasteful. They waste people’s time.
  7. Disrespectful. Common courtesy goes a long way to solving tensions.
  8. Disorganized.
  9. Indulgent. They think They’re above others and take special treatment.
  10. Self-centered. Their career is Their ultimate concern.

Become a great boss or employee by becoming the opposite of an imperfect boss.

Number one:

Most importantly, give space for humanity.

Karin on getting your head straight (1:03): 

Your bad boss:

  1. Is dealing with pressures you don’t fully understand.
  2. Sometimes feels overwhelmed.
  3. Is trying to please a boss, too.
  4. Is working to balance work and family.
  5. Is doing the best he or she can.
  6. Could use your help.

(From: “Overcoming an Imperfect Boss.”)

“Man was made at the end of the week’s work, when God was tired.” Mark Twain

How can we build positive relationships with imperfect bosses?

Recommendation: If you want to improve your relationship with your boss, I suggest, “Overcoming an Imperfect Boss.”

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