Difficult Manager Tips

Bonus:  Focus on your boss’s strengths

  1. Keep track of interactions.  Document every conversation safely and securely
  2. Extend your reach beyond your immediate manager
  3. Widen your circle of contact to include other managers, including your boss’s boss
  4. Reach to other co-workers who interact with your immediate manager;  Observe what is working for others in their dealings with your boss
  5. Look out for yourself, your health and your sanity  above all
  6. Create a “Plan B” (job transfer; move to another team; create a side business; work for another company)
  7. Identify your boss’s preferred style of communication  (email; person-to-person; prepare an agenda; advanced notice / discussion;  adapt your style)
  8. Plan ahead; How do you want the next conversation to proceed?  Create an agenda and plan your desired outcome.