Here is a great column by Marshall Goldsmith in this issue of Workforce Performance Solutions called, Bashing the Boss. Marshall shares many reasons why bashing the boss is never a good thing. Here are a couple:
- You waste time. There are a lot of productive things that you could be doing in 10 to 20 hours per month. Even if you don’t respect your boss, you can be working to improve your own performance. If you have this much time to waste, learn some new skills. This way, you may eventually get a better job and a new boss.
- You demean yourself. If you are so brilliant that you can consistently judge your boss, and your boss is so stupid that he merits endless hours of critique, why do you report to the idiot? Ultimately, when we discredit our boss, we discredit ourselves. The people around you will not say so on the outside, but on the inside they may be thinking you are an even bigger loser than your boss.
And there are more reasons. One of the reasons that keeps me from going down this slippery slope is my belief that conversations create reality. The fastest way to make your bad boss WORSE is to talk about how bad he or she is. We put all kinds of things into play when we talk....
I would rather improve the situation and be a part of the solution.
I know, I know, easy for me to say. Let's just say that I have learned this lesson the hard way. I have bashed bosses in the past and it was never helpful, productive, or lead to anything good. In fact, it lead to bad vibes and I am sure I did not learn as much from them because I closed myself off.
I regret this and try to remember my experiences everytime I feel the tinge of boss bashing coming on.
It's important food for thought and I think Marshall did a great job with the article - check it out and pass it along!