Give your boss the side of your body or the back of your body at all times. When you have to be face-to-face with your boss, focus on lifting your chest and your chin. Bullies love to see people cower. When you focus on your body language you covertly give yourself the upper hand. Your toxic boss will pick up on you having a stronger vibe and they will naturally respond less aggressively. Body language is a more powerful communicator than words which the bully can turn around and use against you; body language cannot.
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Analyze how your boss treats you from an objective place. Make a list of the facts. You will say less and get more accomplished when you approach your boss with facts and a strong physical posture. The more nervous we are the more we tend to talk. When you have facts you will set better limits. Knowledge is power and facts are the knowledge you need.
Encourage your coworkers to document dates, times and conversations they have with your boss. The more people involved in documenting the facts the stronger the case you give to human resources to intervene and possibly seek to further train or terminate your toxic boss.
The more evidence that is brought into human resources from multiple people the clearer the pattern of abuse is to diagnose and treat. File a formal complaint and allow human resources to instigate an investigation. Entrepreneur Media, Inc.
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Argue more often People tell me what I want to hear and not the truth. You are indispensable when you speak out more often. I am still your CEO!
Talk about your team Everyone wants to take the whole credit. But Superman exists only in comics. I mark out those juniors as special and I regard the manager as a fabulous leader. Give credit to your team and you will be the first manager promoted to leadership. I need and regard only four kinds of people. The first is the rainmaker. Are you someone who brings cash to my coffers—from clients, investors or lenders?
I want a maker When I started this company, I first made something and tried to sell it. So, are you a maker? Will you make the new product or service or a new shiny thing that our rainmakers can sell? Well hell, I will pay you well, in love if not money!
I want a minder Sometimes I get bogged down in running this company. You are my saviour. Whether you are in operations, service, customer care, accounts management or any other. I want a magician I love real magic. Sometimes a magician puts a cloak on something and it disappears. There is never enough money for all the things we need. Well I got it for us for free! Take my job, please Are you a jack of all trades but not really the master in any one thing? Are you ambitious and seek responsibilities? Take my job, please do! Free me up from all the things that another CEO would be happy to do.
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