Updated 3/9/2020

Difficult Manager Tips

Focus on your boss’s strengths


Keep track of interactions.  

Document every conversation safely and securely

Extend your reach beyond your immediate manager

Widen your circle of contact to include other managers, including your boss’s boss

Reach to other co-workers who interact with your immediate manager  

Observe what is working for others in their dealings with your boss

Look out for yourself, your health and your sanity above all

Create a “Plan B

Identify your boss’s preferred style of communication 

  • email
  • person-to-person
  • prepare an agenda
  • advanced notice / discussion
  • adapt your style

Plan ahead. Identify how do you want the next conversation to proceed? 

Create an agenda and plan your desired outcome.


Michel Hobson is one of the most sought-after workplace training leaders in the region. Her extensive cross-cultural expertise spans multiple countries and hundreds of companies. | HobsonTraining.com

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