bosses or megalomaniacs feel threatened by every achievement of yours.
Power ceded to you is seen as power lost. Praise heaped on you is
tantamount to your outdoing him. You are actualising his worst fears and
obviously he won't take too kindly towards that. Here's a way
CLUES FOR HANDLING YOUR BOSS
- If your
boss lacks focus, just concentrate on your own work. Retain your focus.
dominating behaviour masks a lack of expertise on his part. So, he's
probably trying to cover it up by being pushy, which, in turn, stifles
- At times
like these, reduce contact with your boss in not so obvious a manner and
concentrate on the job at hand. But minimising interaction does not mean
you ignore your boss—that would spell out doom for your career.
- In case
you don't see eye to eye with him over an issue, keep your cool above
all else. Don't take it personally but try strengthening your position
with objective research instead. Then use it to influence him.
- A strange
paradox does exist—the harder you work, the better you look in the top
management's eyes and the more your boss will feel threatened. So, play
to his need for control, but don't cave in completely. Just work on him
until he stops regarding you as a threat to his position.
- You could
do this by sending out signals that you're a team player, not an
individualist. This will allow your boss to take the lead and have the
- Let him
share credit for your good work or proactive suggestions. If your
vice-president praises you for a project completed, let him know you
couldn't have done it without your boss' support and confidence in you.
Let your boss feel good about himself and he'll allow you to feel good
- You could
argue that your ego will take a bashing in the process. But sharing the
credit with your boss is a prudent move—it'll show you're no threat and
you've proved your loyalty.
action will set off a domino effect of greater job security, more
interaction and peaceful co-existence.
SCHMOOZE YOUR WAY THROUGH
or schmoozing is a serious management tool. Some say people who resist
flattery and appreciate upfront dealings run the best businesses. That's
all well and good, though in the final analysis no boss minds a subtle
schmooze sometimes. Studies conducted at the University of Michigan and
Bryant College testify that shrewd ingratiation does get you ahead. So,
whether you prefer to flatter him outright or gently slide into his good
books, do it for the sake of your career.
and done, office politics does dominate the inner mechanism in every
company. Ignore it and you're bound to get sidelined.