#074: How to Frustrate Those You Lead (Are You Making These 13 Mistakes?) [Podcast]

Education comes in surprising ways. Sometimes, we think we could learn best if we had a better boss. But sometimes we learn the most from the bad ones.

Frustrated Employee

The great thing about these bosses is that they taught me what not to do, which is just as important as what to do—it’s just more painful.

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If your goal is to frustrate—or even exasperate—your employees, here are thirteen ways to do it.

  1. Don’t be responsive.
  2. Cancel meetings at the last minute.
  3. Reprimand them in front of their peers.
  4. Change your mind frequently.
  5. Don’t bother stating your expectations.
  6. Always ask for what they don’t have with them.
  7. Focus on superficial things rather than substance.
  8. Assign them work, then micromanage the process.
  9. Do all the talking.
  10. Never recognize them.
  11. Catch them doing something wrong.
  12. Communicate that you are the fount of all wisdom.
  13. Be moody.

There you have it. And if for some crazy reason you don’t want to frustrate those you lead, you can just invert these suggestions and do the opposite.

Listener Questions

  1. Allison Levit asked, “ How can we make time for the important non-work stuff in our lives?”
  2. David Roiel asked, “ Is it really worth being on Twitter if I don’t have many contacts there to begin with?”
  3. Matt McWilliams asked, “ What advice would you give to a 26-year-old whose business is exploding and doesn’t have time for leadership development?”
  4. Ree Kline asked, “ How can I gracefully decline training opportunities I can’t afford?”

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