Read about my experiences below. I was thinking the other day about all the managers I’ve had through out my marketing career, and I have come to realise that I tend to have had every type of manager you can imagine!
The bully: The first boss I ever had was a massive bully, nice person outside of the office, but within the office this person would turn into an ogre/devil (think Shrek crossed with Satan). This manager would nit pick everything till you wo uld feel worthless and useless. Depsite this I’m glad I had the bully for my first ever boss – because if you can survive the bully you can survive anything!
The mum: My second boss was a mum who recently returned from maternity leave and I adored her, she gave you freedom but you knew she was there for you if you needed assistance. Although not perfect, the mum allowed me to blossom further which is something I’m extremely appreciative of! Too bad, she got pregnant again and got replaced with the mirco nitpicker…
The micro nitpicker: If you think a bullying boss is bad just wait to you have to have the micro nitpicker, this is the worst out of all management styles because; not only do they bully you, they try to argue and control every situation. Things got so bad that this particular manager wanted to get copied into every email you sent! The good thing about this type of management style? Nothing! Thank god I got a promotion and didn’t have to deal with the micro nitpicker!
The creative: This type of manager although creative which provides some inspiration, is so airy fairy that you end up being a personal assistant to them, which leaves you feeling disgruntled. The creative lacks detail and self control. The answer? If you can handle the airy fairiness you can learn something from them – but if you like detail it’s best to move on.
The manager who really isn’t a manager. Sometimes you get stuck in the situation where the reporting lines show you report to this person, but in fact they have little to do with you and don’t know what’s going on with your work activities. Sounds familar? organisations can sometimes be strange organisms – the structure was probably set up this way to show you that ‘in theory’ there is management/mentoring suppot but in fact there isn’t so instead of being paid a manager’s wage you get paid less… Once I figured that out, I didn’t stay long at this organisation!
The inspiration: There is one manager who I have admired, these are the managers who amaze you by always seeming to get lucky breaks – although can be frustrating at times they embody everything you want to be. My advice if you have a manager like them – learn everything you can from them, it’s not every day you get an inspiring manager!
So what to do if you have a boss like the bully or the micro nitpicker? Hang in there, although it’s hard having someone talk down to you all the time – think about how this situation makes you stronger and empowers you. In my case these managers taught me what not like to be like, which is important because I’d never want to be seen as a bully or micro nit picker.
Now to those bullies and micro nit pickers out there- my advice to you is the following; change your habits, if you don’t be weary of the famous quote by Bill Gates (and a personal fav at Vent2Me)
‘Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.’
Until next time!
Cents and Sensibility
Julia Taine, Executive Director of Vent2Me, is a marketing problem solver and mentor. A mover and a shaker, Julia sees a niche in an industry, and takes it, by making it her own. Julia started Vent2Me, because people she knew were struggling with their online presence and their digital strategies. Julia knew she could help these people, and so here she is today.