The office manager plays a big role in how employees and subordinates behave, perform work and accomplish tasks professionally and competently. You might have experienced working for various kinds of bosses or superiors and observed how different one may be compared to another. Some inspire us to do and be our best consistently and reward us in many ways they can when we do. They offer us helpful insight and motivate us by example. You may also find some bosses with ultraclear thinking capable of evaluating solutions like no other boss can. The boss who decides and acts accordingly in terms of practicality, long-term benefit and team dynamics.
Happy are those who work for such managers. There are some of us, however, who aren't as fortunate. Some bosses are much too smarter than others for their own good. Some can be that clueless as to what real, honest to goodness leadership means. Some simply make us sick with their utter ineptitude. The worst of this breed of managers are those who treat employees and subordinates like lapdogs. We’ve seen this kind and usually, they don't own companies. If we can take that as a consolation, let’s think of this kind as just another dog. The top dog. It’s about time we let its owner do some rethinking.
There are managers who become so by way of the proverbial ass licking. They are customarily mediocre bosses who view their positions not as positions of responsibility but that of power. Positional leaders usually bark orders but seldom motivate. They take credit but never the accountability. They do a lot of posturing but never really perform competent work.
If you happen to be so unfortunate to be working for one such top dog, think things over long and hard. If looking for a job somewhere else can’t be a practicable alternative right now, there’s still a clever way of dealing with this. With due respect to dogs of every kind and breed, bosses who treat subordinates like an alpha male dog treats everyone else in the kennel, can get some radical workplace dog whispering.
Before everything else, you need to perform your job the best way you must no matter what the top dog does or think (if he really has that ability). Do all duties diligently, efficiently, and competently. There must be no way for the dog to smell out any trace of ineptness in you. Once you’re sure about how good you are, you can now pounce on your quarry. Here’s how:
1. Pry. Find out what’s eating the pitbull. Is it some terrible domestic situation with a nagging wife and nasty kids? Is it something about not getting his way with his secretary? Investigate but tread carefully. Knowing why such a boss behaves the way he does can give you insights as to how to handle his case in the future. You’re still a long way though. Just keep prying.
2. Cry. Why you have to, you may ask. You do so because you need to let him win some of his little puny victories at the workplace. Going against cranky dog instincts directly can only get you bitten. Set him up with false confidence. Grin and bear it. You’ll have your day when he makes that one big, stupid mistake --- pretty soon!
3. Fry. This is the day you’ve been waiting for! The top dog’s made the biggest decision making mistake ever. Not after he consulted with all in the team, but before he even decided to discuss things with the team. Positional bosses always fall victim to this urge to decide by themselves first before calling for a meeting under the pretext that he wants everybody’s take on a solution. He’s screwed it up. Let him fry.
4. Dry. Now that everybody else knows who bungled it all up, play the sycophant card on him. He ought to be familiar with such. It’s his game with the company owner. Shake his hand. Pat his back. Give him all the credit for the most recent “smart” decision he’s made. Have him hang to dry! He’d be crying for help, for sure. Divert all his calls to voicemail. Congratulate yourself. You’ve just made yourself a certified boss whisperer!