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5 Bad Boss Behaviours

November 23, 2015

There are certain phrases you will have heard many times, sometimes they are sincere and backed up by good leadership behaviours. On occasions bad bosses use well-worn phrases to cover their ineptitude and the rhetoric doesn’t match the reality.


Here are some common phrases with our alternative definitions:

1. “My door is always open”
Truth – Please don’t bother me, I’ve got more important things to do, like my Ocado order.

2. “It’s not about the money”
Truth – Of course it’s about the money, why else would I put up with a horrendous commute, intimidating office politics and an unachievable workload?

3. “It’s not a problem it’s a challenge”
Truth- Actually I haven’t a clue what to do about that either, we are doomed

4. “That’s wonderful”
Truth – Is that really the best you can do?

5. “I know you give 110%”
Truth – I’m actually trying to say that I don’t think you are working hard enough, I just don’t have the courage or vocabulary to say so.

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