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Do You Have a Bad Boss or Are You a Bad Boss?

Part I

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Karen Woodard-ChavezKaren Woodard-Chavez

Bad bosses are so common that many jokes and even blockbuster movies have been made about them. Some of the classic "Bad Boss" movies include: Swimming with Sharks, Devils' Advocate, Weekend at Bernie's, 9 to 5, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Devil Wears Prada and Office Space.

Some of these movies are chilling, and some are hysterical. However, it is not so funny when you are the one who has the bad boss. A sense of humor can only go so far, right?

The motivation for this two-part article is the following... Over the past several years, I have spoken at numerous conferences on topics such as, Creating a Culture of People, Purpose and Performance; Creating a Culture of Feedback; and Inviting Difficult Conversation, and in every one of those sessions, I have had several audience members come to me afterward and say, "I sure wish my boss would have been in this session today. Everything you discussed is what we need. But, our boss is in the way of us making progress."

Hearing that is heartbreaking because these employees want their organization to be better but have some major roadblocks. So, in Part I, we will focus on: Are You A Bad Boss? And, next month, in Part II, we will focus on: What to Do if You Have a Bad Boss. Here we go...

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