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Good lessons from bad bosses
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by: Thejendra BS
Today, among the myriads of workplace troubles having a bad boss is probably the worst that can happen to an employee. And typical textbook definitions of a bad boss is one who screams, threatens, intimidates, disrespects, grabs credit, fires people, throttles people’s necks and so on. Bad bosses exist in all organizations, though the definition of a bad boss (or a bad employee) is a vague and subjective term that can be debated to eternity depending on whose side you lean on an issue. In fact, the more competitive the organization the more you see and hear stories about such people. Nobody likes working for a bad boss and most would gladly jump ship at the first chance of escape, even if they are passionate about their work. Long ago a classmate of mine quit an extremely reputed scientific institute unable to work for a toxic chemistry professor, though he was ready to sacrifice an arm and a leg for chemistry. Nevertheless, apart from a generous dose of ulcers, gloominess and some hair loss due to a bad boss, there are ways to turn this situation to your advantage. However most people are normally unaware of how they can actually gain valuable lessons from the idiosyncrasies of a bad boss. But it is quite easy if you learn to look at it in a peculiar way. Instead of craving for a pleasant workplace everyday, just think unconventional and start imagining it as a training institute to learn some exciting lessons in behavioral psychology. So until you can escape to a better workplace, or until the bad boss self-destructs you can continuously imbibe several valuable lessons. A few lessons are mentioned below.
So you now see having a bad boss is not really such a bad thing after all. And we can conclude this article with a great Chinese proverb that says, "A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials."
Thejendra BS is an IT manager and author from Bangalore, India. He scribbles mild and wild articles on technology, business management, self improvement and wacky humor that get published on many reputed websites and syndicated through various RSS feeds around our planet. He has also published diverse books like Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity, Practical IT Service Management, Corporate Wardrobe-Business Humor Series and Life-365-A Year's Supply of Wisdom, Tips & Advice. Visit his web cave www.thejendra.com for his free articles and details of his books.
Contributor: Thejendra BS
Published here on: 04-Jan-09