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Most bosses fall into one of three types: the “general,” the “professor” or the “dreamer.”
When an employee comes to you with a problem, put it in perspective before you scurry to solve it.
Q. I saw a co-worker steal valuable office supplies. Should I keep quiet or tell someone?
You know how I tell brown-nosers from everyone else? They try so damn hard to feed me what I want to hear. It’s pathetic.
Go-getters stand out. They keep themselves visible without hogging
center stage. And they ensure that once they produce results, their
hard work isn’t forgotten.
I knew a guy with a great résumé. He had technical expertise, a nice
mix of job experiences and a steady work history. He interviewed well,
When a boss seeks your input, be blunt
Q. I finally quit my job. My last day is coming up, and I’m tempted to
tell my boss what I really think of him. (It’s not pretty.) Am I free to vent?
Q. About two months ago, my boss asked me to do a project. I’m too busy to get started, and he knows it. Is there a way out?
Q. A co-worker overheard me saying bad things about her to my boss. I thought she had left for the day,
but she was standing just outside the door. Now I’m mortified,
especially because this co-worker stands a good chance of becoming my
boss. Should I apologize?