Too often, well-meaning bosses put obstacles in front of their employees. If you see yourself doing any of the following, you’re the obstacle: You don’t give employees a clear and compelling company direction. When people align themselves with the company’s goals, they are free to invent, to improvise, to innovate, to inspire each other. You say important things only once. If the message is important, it is worth repeating. Repeat until you are sick of hearing yourself say it. You don’t hold employees accountable. Start by doing all the things you said you would do. You concentrate on trying to improve employees’ shortcomings. Instead, figure out what employees are really good at and train them to be brilliant. —Adapted from “How to Be a Bad Boss,” Paul Lemberg, Soft-Letter.