Team Guru: How to deal with a Bad Boss - Michelle Gibbings

Listen to Michelle in this podcast from Team Guru with David Frizzell about how to deal with a bad boss. 

Bad Bosses. We’ve all had them. Some of us work for one now. So what can you do about it? That’s the question my guest this week wanted to answer. Michelle Gibbings draws upon decades of experience in corporate leadership to provide a practical transformation guide.

Michelle says that bad bosses aren’t always bad people, and it takes work at every level to create an environment where everyone can flourish. If you dare to examine your own role in your current situation and take swift action, you’ll create much better relationships.

This is the third time we have had Michelle on the podcast. Comfortable with getting uncomfortable, she’s at the forefront of creating workplace success by helping people embrace the unknown and fall in love with change. The author of three books, and a global keynote speaker, she’s on a mission to help leaders, teams and organisations create successful workplaces – where people thrive and progress is accelerated.

Lessons Learned

The Bad Boss Checklist

  • determine where the problem really lies
  • identify their role in the bad boss situation
  • strategise the best option forward
  • take action using concrete tools
  • reflect and monitor progress for long-term gain.

What makes a Bad Boss
There are different types of bad bosses. Is the person actually aware that they’re a bad boss, and what’s the intent of their actions? Leaders can be ineffective because they’re really disorganized. Contrast that with other people who are selfish. So focussed on themselves they simply don’t care about their effect on others. To what extent is your boss aware of their actions?

Take control of what you can control
If you have a bad boss you should ask yourself: “Am I a bad employee?” That doesn’t excuse that boss for treating someone badly. A part of your boss’s role is to actually give you feedback and coach you on what needs to be done and how you can improve. So part of it is really assessing the environment that you’re in, what are you contributing to it? And what can you do differently?

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