There are certain metro areas in the United States about which people say “It’s a nice place to visit, but there’s nothere there.” They mean that the town has no core — no beating heart, in a cultural sense. Some people are the same way. Some of them sit in high-level positions.
You can talk to an empty-suit manager for hours and come away with no idea what he or she believes in or stands for. That’s because the manager has cultivated the ability to be whomever he or she believes somebody more powerful wants him or her to be.
Strong managers know who they are. Weak managers don’t. They manage through fear, because it takes conviction and a strong sense of self to find your voice at work and stand up for yourself and your team. Strong managers do that routinely because their personal ethics don’t fall away when they step into the office.
Weak managers don’t say boo when awful things are happening around them or when their own ethical standards are tested. They are mired in fear themselves, and when the chips are down the fate of their team members is their lowest priority. Their burning question is always “Which course of action will produce the most favorable result for me?”
Here are seven things only weak managers say. If your manager uses these expressions, you are wasting your talent working for him or her. That’s okay — the job market gets rosier by the week, and lots of other organizations can use your talents!
1. I Don’t Pay You To Think
Actually you do pay people to think. If you’re paying people to push paper around, you’re ripping off your shareholders to salve your own fragile ego.
2. hat Sounds Like A Personal Problem
Real people come to work, and they bring their talents and insights with them. They also bring human obligations — to kids, parents and other relatives as well as pets. If your boss doesn’t give a dang about your personal life, why should you care about his or her priorities? Save your talents for a boss who understands that human beings have lives and needs outside the workplace.
3. If You Don’t Want The Job, I’ll Find Someone Who Does
This idiotic statement is an invitation for you to take a step up in your career. Get away from a boss who’d say these words and find one who understands that only great employees can make a great company.