20 Jun How to get around a “Bad Manager”
“People don’t leave jobs, they leave bad managers.” I’m sure you’ve read that statement many times on the internet. For the most part, the statement is true; a bad manager can make your work life miserable.
The origin of the statement
Sadly, this anecdote was originally aimed at leaders in order for them to be introspective when someone resigns. It has gained momentum from thousands of passive-aggressive shares on social media. It is dropping a shameless hint at your manager if he/she is connected with you.
Has it worked? No, it hasn’t. What it has done is to give everyone a convenient scapegoat.
- I am miserable at work because of my BAD BOSS
- My BAD BOSS didn’t give me a promotion
- I am late for work every day because of my BAD BOSS
There is a way around it. Before you read on you need to understand that it is not an easy path. The way to get around working under a bad manager will open up a new way of thinking about everything.
Are you ready?
Step 1: Take Ownership
By blaming someone else, you give them ownership and control of your life. Take control of your own journey. When you acknowledge that your happiness and success is in your hands; you can take steps to make it what you want.
Step 2: Assess the Situation
Firefighters first want to know what is burning before they try and put it out. They do this because there are different solutions for different fuels. Oil, wood, or house fires need different approaches.
You will need to understand the problems before you can deal with them. Do you know which areas of your work life are making you unhappy? Here are three simple questions that can help you find out;
- What is my goal?
- What is my manager’s goal?
- Do they align?
Step 3: Create a Strategy
Once you can see clearly where the gaps are, you can plan to close them. Your strategy will depend entirely on your own goal, and how you can get there.
You may need to reach out to someone for advice. Don’t be afraid to approach your current manager. He/she may not know of your goals. If they are not willing to be part of your journey; you need to understand that and move on.
You can find a way to succeed. Remember, it is your life and your happiness. Own it.
Step 4: Take Action
Some actions you can take are;
- Find free courses or resources to learn from
- Learn by watching. (People can refuse to teach you, but you can still learn from them)
- Work hard at your current job. Create success stories to tell in interviews.
- Reassess your own goal.
Remember that action is the great differentiator between dreamers and achievers.
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Many people who have done it will tell you that owning your own journey is liberating. Blaming someone else is easy. There is no effort in that. There is also no success.
Charles Swindon once said, “I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.” If you approach every day with the right attitude, no person can stand in the way of your success.