I’ve written about the good and the bad, then there’s the Ugly Boss.
Which is why I was driving into the cold wet night to meet up with a client. This boss believes that the carrot and the stick both work. If you break the stick over a team-member, hit them with the carrot.
This boss doesn’t bother to find out what motivates his team. He’s quite frank about it. He simply doesn’t care. He pays you to deliver and when you do he won’t congratulate you or give you the pat on the back you deserve.
He may deliberately (or unwittingly) practice ‘divide and rule’. Belittle you because you’re his target this week. Buy 2/3 of the team the latest laptop. Leave the rest of you to struggle with new systems without the firepower or the back-up. Continue reading