Thursday, July 19, 2012
I got a great question from a reader. I think this is my very favorite question ever.
Describe your worst boss.
Wow. That's a good one. Because I have had some winners.
In high school, I worked for a small business in my hometown. The owner used to drink in his office. And I don't mean a swig or two out of a flask. I mean fall-down, stoned, in-a-coma/stupor drunk. I am not sure how he got home from work. Shortly after I left employment, the business closed.
Another was a woman who was supposed to be working but instead read Harlequin Romance novels. She had a brown, hand-made cover that she kept over the books so no one would know what she was reading. She told me that they were religious books. One time, I took a peek and discovered the truth.
I had another who had changed his name (at least once that I know of). He wasn't very ethical. I don't like people who are unethical. If people are unethical with the little things, they will be unethical with the big things. For a number of reasons, I dodged a big, fat bullet.
The worst boss (and really he was a VP/owner) was a man who didn't think women should be in leadership positions. I overheard a conversation (in a public place) that he was having with another person and his comment was, "this territory is too important to have a woman in charge."
This question came from a reader who is job hunting. Her question was, "how do you pick a good one?" I imagine that to mean how do you pick a good boss? If you need the job, love the work, and are excited for the offer, how much weight do you give to the working relationship with the boss?
For me, a ton. How about you?