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Companies, CEOs and bosses to avoid Companies, CEOs and bosses to avoid
by Joseph Gatt
2020-09-12 09:53:02
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If you're a CEO or a manager, here are some “mindsets” that you want to avoid. And you also want your employees to avoid that mindset, if you want to thrive, that is.

Obsessed with power: Some employees show up to work with one goal in mind: show everyone (and show off) all the power that they have.

These employees are not concerned about making money or providing a good service. They want to show the team that they have power. They'll show up to work and give a succession of orders, and check if the orders are being followed.

busi001_400Problem is: those orders are not meant to help provide a good service, but just to show that they have power. That leads companies to collapse.

Obsessed with technology: The good thing about writing with a pen is that you're less likely to make mistakes (because you're less likely to type the wrong numbers, or to make typos). And with a pen, even if you do make typos, you'll usually recognize what you initially intended to write down.

Here's an example of technology gone wrong. Some employees are so obsessed with technology that they use software for project management and for files management, but they forget to use their brains.

When the client comes asking for information, they read what their computer screen tells them, and the client can't really trust that.

It's good to keep some files on computers. But if you start tracking how many words your employees are typing per day, and think that says something about their productivity, think again. Soon enough, they will be typing novels just to get pay raises.

Always at the bar: I've worked with a few managers (and CEOs) who go to the bar for lunch (or right before lunch).

Problem with these guys: too hangover in the morning to listen, too drunk in the afternoon to listen. So soon enough you get anarchy within the company.

Always at the golf club: The CEO or manager who never show up at the office.

This can be a recipe for disaster. Soon enough someone else is going to act like he/she is the boss, no one is going to take them seriously. That means the “boss” is going to have trouble asserting his authority to subordinates who know he/she's not the real “boss.”

Obsessed with the reputation: These guys check Google every five seconds.

If they're not on Google, they're depressed. If there's information about them on Google, they cry because there's too much bad press.

Soon enough, rather than try to impress the clients, these guys are trying to impress Google. Try to impress the clients and Google will be impressed. That's the order it works in, not the other way around.  

Obsessed with money: These guys check the balance sheets every five minutes.

Problem is, these guys don't take structural, cyclical, and atmosphere into account. To them, it's just the numbers that count.

Problem when you're only looking at the balance sheets: you forget to look at the product. Maybe numbers are going down because the product that sold well last year needs a fresh look this year.

An absent figure: When the CEO or the manager is a ghost. I've been in that situation before.

Now this situation is debilitating, because as an employee you never know when the ghost is going to end up showing up.

So what employees tend to do is play games all day, and invent narratives and excuses they'll tell the CEO to justify horrible sales. So those stories will be elaborate, and when the CEO or boss does end up showing up, he/she is often in for a surprise.

An ever-present figure: Some CEOs or managers also act like floor supervisors.

Problem is: if you don't want your wife to micromanage you, or your parents to micromanage you, why the hell would a boss or manager you're not sleeping with want to micromanage you. People quit in droves when that happens.

A figure that refuses direct conversation: Finally, if your boss/manager/CEO prefers silence and that it's never a good time to talk, you're going to have to deal with a lot of accidents at the workplace.

Good communication is key, and involves sharing the proper amount of communication. If your boss silences you, that probably means he's preventing you from sharing bad news. And bad news, like a dead fish, decomposes and stinks and all that when it's not taken care of properly.

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