Can this bad boss be saved?
“The shortest path to resolution is to be direct, professional and respectful when you discuss this with him.Because you need to address it – in the most delicate way, but you must.
The more time that passes with this type of poor communication coupled with vague and confusing expectations, the harder it’s going to be to resolve.
Look at him as your partner in the business of your job. And look at yourself the same way for him.
Who knows what kind of conflicting direction he’s getting from his leadership or what’s happening elsewhere that’s contributing to the fragmented experience you’ve had working with him, but this is a great time for a level-setting conversation between you both.
You are a good PM. Experienced. Proven.
He is leading a team. He needs strong people around him. You are strong.
Where he is not strong is clearly in his communication and expectation, and you can respectfully and tactfully address that with him.
Come to him with a plan.
Solve the problem he believes exists – even if you don’t.
Put it in writing.
Give him a plan.
Execute that plan.
When he gives contradictory input to the agreed-upon plan, you can respectfully and tactfully remind him of what led to the plan — and pull him back on-plan.
Even leadership needs training and it’s perfectly fine when that comes from unexpected sources – as long as it’s handled in the right way.
You can do this.”
Don’t forget to reward yourself
👋I’m Gretchen 😎
👉I teach struggling professionals to turn adversity into advantage – and yes, that includes training YOUR bad boss.
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