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Decisions And How To Avoid Them

decisionsDecisions are one of the biggest threats to a Bosses reputation you that will find, get a decision wrong and it can damage your career for years.

The best approach is to avoid making risky decisions and you can do this by:

 

  • waiting, and waiting until it’s obvious what the right decision is
  • delegate it to one of your team, it doesn’t matter who, you just want to be free of this
  • leave it to your boss, tell him its too important a decision for someone at your level to make
  • bring in a scapegoat to make it for you, that’s what most bosses do any way

When you have no choice but to make a decision, then make sure that you involve as many people as possible, get their suggestions and recommendations.

This has a couple of great benefits, people often like to be involved in decision making and it will make them respect you more as a boss, and it allows you to either blame one of you’re experts, or argue that this was the obvious decision, the one that any manager would have made, using the groups view as evidence.

Where ever possible get minutes of the meeting showing the decision was clearly a group effort, as this will help deflect any blame if it goes wrong.

If it’s a particularly risky decision forward the minutes to the boss as soon as the decisions is made, so that he can see the decision, and you can always argue that he had been kept in the loop, and as you hadn’t received any feedback, you assumed that he was in agreement. This allows you to imply that the decision was your bosses, even though they may not have even read the memo.

One thing to be really aware of, are those decisions which looks like simple decisions, but in fact turns out to be a nightmare. This has the death of many young executive.

The best approach here, again, is avoidance and as they look like simple decisions no one will criticise you for delegating them to your team. So it’s win win for you, you’re not to blame and no one will ask why you delegated it. It would actually be win win win, if you take into account the development of your team, but who are we kidding, this is just an exercise in ass covering.

Decisions are dangerous and can kill careers if we get them wrong, so do whatever is necessary, to make sure they have someone else’s finger prints on them.

 

Disclaimer: How to be a Bad Boss is meant to be Humourous and the information is for entertainment, not education. Be a Good Boss and do the opposite.


The Importance of Delegation

deelgationWhy is delegation important?

Well the more of your work that you can get done by your staff, the more time you will have to do the more important things like: play golf with Suppliers; suck up to your boss; suck up to your bosses boss; meet with competitors to see it they have any vacancies which maybe of interest to you; and lastly networking which is basically just another word for all the previous things, but it sounds more impressive.

If you’re staff don’t seem to be too happy with you delegating them all your work to them, just remind them that you are developing them, giving them a taste of senior management, and this will position them so that one day they can take over your job. So really you’re doing them a favour.

The more we can delegate our work, the easier it will be to move on to bigger and better things if a new more senior position becomes available. The worst thing you can do ,is do so much of your own work such that its difficult from your boss to promote you because he’s dependent upon you.  Many hard working bosses fall into this trap, they make it impossible for them to be promoted because they are the only one who can do their job.

What if your team are not up to be doing some of your work?

Well ask yourself is it important if its done well, if the answer is no, then get them to do it anyway, you can always fire them if they screw up, which will serve a warning to the others.

If it is important, then look to either bring in a contractor or consultant to do the work. Whilst it might seem an expensive solution at first glance, remember your doing this to free up your time to look to improve your career, so actually its a really an investment in you.

Bosses who don’t delegate get stuck at their current management level, and this is why delegation is important, as it allows us to move on to bigger and better things.

 

Disclaimer: How to be a Bad Boss is meant to be humorous and these posts should not be taken seriously.


Admin Day – Glad that’s OVER!

Happy Admin Day

Admin Day – Glad that’s OVER! 

Now, we can all look forward to the REAL celebration…

BOSSES DAY!

ADMIN DAY has to be the most OVERRATED holiday ever! Yesterday, April 23rd, one of the other managers in my office asked, “When was the last time you thanked your secretary?”… FOR WHAT?! Doing her job that I pay her to do? I know that I have thanked her for something…at some point…but I am a busy boss, so…. Then he reminded me that it was administrative professional’s day.

…Administrative Professional’s Day? I thought it was some sort of joke. On my list of priorities, Admin Day ranks right up there with Talk Like a Pirate Day and getting trampled at some store on Black Friday. If I observe this Administrative Assistant’s Day, what’s next? She’ll be wanting Columbus Day off, too?

My coworker mentioned that he forgot Administrative Assistant’s Day last year and he had to hear his secretary complain about it for a month.

How about I just thank my secretary when she does something RIGHT for once?

Let me tell you what admin day should be for… reminding our secretaries of the things they are doing wrong. It should be like a new year’s resolution list for her to improve on to serve me better going into the next year. Or maybe just a short note, to show her that I am thinking of her…

To my secretary on Administrative Assistant’s Day:

Going forward, my coffee should be in my hand,

hot and delicious, when I arrive to the office.

My note will be followed by her gift, which will consist of a day off WITHOUT PAY to attend a career development seminar or training.

Trailer: NINE TO FIVE (Special Secretary’s Day Screening) from Nitehawk Cinema on Vimeo.

Disclaimer: Show your secretary that you appreciate her by acknowledging her hard work on secretary’s day. Bad Boss posts are meant to be humorous and should not to be taken seriously.

Clueless – Fake it Until YOU Make it!

I applied for a management job that I was unqualified for and I had no idea how to do. But, hey, I’m a boss now, and you can be one TOO! …Just fake it until you make it!

The first step to fake it until you make it is to get the job. This is basically just about appearing confident that you can do the job, even if you can’t. Whatever the job description says, try to be that person. Take some acting classes to prepare for your big day. In your job interview, there are two basic things you need to do to fake it until you make it.

  1. Dress the part.
  2. Pretend that you know stuff…

Fake Boss

If you fake it until you make it, once you’re in your new management position, you might find that you don’t know what’s going on most, if not ALL, of the time. Maybe you don’t know what to do to get the job done….Don’t worry!

Get your employees to teach you!

Never directly ask an employee how to do something. This will surely blow your cover! Instead, question the task at hand. For example, just say, “What would YOU do in this situation?” Try to draw your employee into a position where they will explain the task without knowing that you don’t understand.

If this fails… delegate, delegate, delegate! Tell your peon employee that you need them to take over whatever task it is. Make them feel important. This will motivate them. Say they are inheriting a task that is only worthy of their time.

You might respond, “That sounds good. Since you know so much about this, I want you to take over this account!” After your employee accepts the new assignment, set a deadline for its completion.

You’ll catch on soon enough. But if you don’t, just call in sick on days that you feel overwhelmed.

 

Disclaimer: If you are offered a position that you can’t do, it is unethical to accept it. PMI Code of Conduct – You should only accept a position that is consistent with your background, experience, skills, and qualifications. Bad Boss posts are meant to be humorous and should not to be taken seriously.