She decided to track his record...previous employees all found that he was a horrible boss and couldn't put up with his tantrums for very long. She decided to be the different one and see this through. He would bend this time and not the other way round. Feisty she had been told she was but it was about to be displayed at the very maximum.
She talked with a friend who manages a major organization and his advise to her was simple 'bad managers are everywhere and you will always meet them, count yourself lucky to have a good one'. She had to read between the lines and her own interpretation of the statement was...be the best you can be given the circumstance! Zeal renewed and her challenge belt worn, that was what she was determined to be.
|It takes some effort to be up there. Are you ready to put in what is required?|
Back at work, there were three categories of people...'the scheming ones', 'the indecisive ones' and 'those who were certain about what needed to be done'. Mfon happened to fall into the last category which often landed her in trouble as she was criticized especially by the tantrum throwing boss of hers who would not accept when he was wrong, or be corrected by his subordinates. Worse was that Mfon's scheming 'competition' happened to be able to scheme her way into boss man's mind. He would however always give room for Mfon's explanation which he would acknowledge as sensible at all times. Sadly, the moment the explanation ends, the sense gets thrown right out of the window.
|This is not the best position to be in, is it?|
Bringing this home, the beauty of bad management is that we can choose to learn from it and not apply such. We rise to manage others and the experiences we've previously had should be learnt from. It is easy to forget what it was like when we have risen to the top but remembering makes all the difference as that serves as a reminder to not do the same. Not everyone may have to manage many but one thing that is worth doing is to give a listening ear to subordinates.
When employees feel like they are heard and appreciated by their bosses, they put in their best easily but if they feel like they aren't, that becomes a breeding ground for rebellion.
On this subject, I found these posts on effective management useful, you might want to have a look:
5 tips from Forbes
WikiHow useful tips
Back to Mfon's work place, what category do you fall in? Yes, you reading this post, you work with people don't you? Where do you stand?
N.BI apologize for not posting anything in so long. I was overwhelmed with a few things I committed myself to doing. I am back and hope to keep the posts coming.
Thank you for reading and it will be nice to read your comments :-)