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The Eight Different Types of Bosses A Review of How to Work for an Idiot By April 29, 2006 Professor Dale Rude Special Problems MANA 6398 1
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In today’s business world, most employees are going to have more than one boss during their careers. And, most likely their bosses will each have different styles of how they conduct business. Understanding the boss’s personality is essential for any employee. Future growth and promotions can hinge on knowing how to work with the boss. In How to Work for an Idiot , John Hoover outlines the characteristics of eight different types of bosses. While the book is intended to be a survival guide for those employees working for an idiot boss, the most interesting part of the book is the discussion of how to effectively communicate and interact with each of the types of bosses that Hoover has identified. The most rare and coveted type of boss is the good boss. Surprisingly, most people never work for a good boss throughout their career. Those that have worked with a good boss strive to once again work with that type of person. Good bosses set the benchmark for all other bosses. According to Hoover, what makes a boss a good boss is the simple fact that they follow the golden rule; they treat people the way they would like to be treated themselves. Good bosses lead their employees in a manner that they too would like to be led. In my opinion, this is the easiest way for a supervisor to quickly earn the respect of his employees. And, when employees respect their boss, they are willing to go the extra mile to make sure that they are doing above average work. I have been fortunate enough in my career to work with a good boss. I firmly believed that part of the reason I stayed with that company for eight years was because of her excellent leadership. She demonstrated the qualities that Hoover associates with a good boss. She never asked employees to do something that she herself would not do. On busy days, she was working the front lines with all of her staff members. Her door was always open for her staff members and she actively listen to what they had to say. Whether or not she used their suggestions, she appreciated the fact that they took the initiative to come up with a solution to a problem. When I went to her with a new design for our ticket lines,
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she made me feel as if what I was saying was the most important thing at that moment. She politely pointed out the flaw in my design, the fact that it would narrow the flow of traffic coming out of the gift shop, but she did not make me feel inferior for developing a flawed plan. Hoover says that in churches or missionary settings, it is not uncommon to work for a God
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