What To Do When Your Boss is an Idiot
Strategies for Coping During Company Reorganizations
You are convinced your boss is an idiot because an important account, project, or event was mismanaged and is now blaming the team or department. It doesn't matter that you and the team did your research and gave the best advice given the circumstances. It doesn't matter that you boss was the one responsible for making the major decisions that turned the project into a failure. And it doesn't matter that it was your boss that was responsible for making the choices that made the company lose money. What matters is that someone will need to be blamed and you need to find out what you can do to survive the whirlwind that is threatening to come and make hell out of your corporate life and threaten your livelihood.
First, be able to work with your boss. You might think he or she is an incompetent boob, but don't let them know that. You need to stay cool and examine your options. Look at your boss and see what his/her relationship is with upper management. Does he/she get along well with them? Does your boss get a lot of support? If that is the case, it is likely that upper management will close ranks around your boss if they have supported him or her this whole time. They don't want top management to look at their poor judgment so they will do whatever they can to prevent their champ from looking so bad. Which means they will likely say that he or she did the best they could given the circumstances but that the department needs to be eliminated because it can't be rehabilitated and other departments could essentially do parts of what your department could do. And your boss gets promoted. If your boss doesn't have a lot of support, the department needs to be eliminated because it can't be rehabilitated and other departments could essentially do parts of what your department could do. Your boss will be fired. Either way you will most likely have to go through that wonderful time when everybody know that they will get the ax, they just don't know when.
In bad situations, don't be the nail that sticks out and needs to be hammered back in. Stay low and keep doing your work. You want to be the last one let go because it gives you more time to prepare for your next move. Don't burn any bridges, start deepening the contacts you have made in your company. You want them to be a part of your network that might be able to get you your next job. This also means that you want to maintain a good relationship with your boss no matter how much of an idiot you think he or she may be. You never know if your boss might know the decision maker who will hire you at the next company, don't let an attitude with your boss mess up any future opportunity.
Prepare your resume. Update your skills, highlight the successful projects and be prepared to say how you contributed to its success. You don't want to be unprepared when you go to that job interview. Reviewing your resume also gives you an opportunity to determine whether any new skills that you have can be applied to another field entirely, helping you to widen your job search.
Happy at Work?
Do you like where you work?See results without voting
Look at your company and evaluate if you still want to be employed there. You have valuable skills that benefits your employer. Do you fit in that corporate structure and does your employer recognize the value you bring? If so, consider a lateral move. If you have a good relationship with your boss then you might approach him to see how you can make that lateral move. If you prefer to leave the company, you still want to be able to work with your boss and your colleagues because again, you don't want to burn any bridges. Having more contacts means you have a larger network and you can use that network to further your career in the future. You also don't want to get a reputation as a bad employee where it can haunt you at a later date.
Prep your network. Get people's phone numbers and addresses at where you currently work. Start looking at all the names in your network and start calling and setting up coffee or happy hour dates with them so that you can let them know that you are looking for another job. You should be doing this on a monthly basis anyway so that you don't lose touch with your contacts. The savviest people know that it's who you know that will help them learn about the next job assignment. That puts them miles ahead of people who are trolling through the classifieds, craigslist, and headhunters.
Continue to update your skills. Very few employees nowadays will have the experience where they will spend all their life with one company. It is to your advantage to keep updating your skills so that you will continue to have a competitive advantage in the job market and have an interesting career. It is also to your advantage to keep up with your network to give you multiple eyes and ears on the lookout for the next job. If your company will pay for additional education or training, don't hesitate to enroll now. Get that certification so that you can put it on your resume. Your next employer might find it useful and it would differentiate you from the pack.
In the end it is you yourself who is in the driving seat and can pursue the life you want to live.
More by this Author
It used to be that when women started getting gray hairs it meant that they were too old to be attractive. Women are refusing to think that way anymore and it's about time. There are so many accomplished older women...
Flightkeeper When you walk inside the National Air and Space Museum through the National Mall entrance, you can't help but look up. For anyone who loves flying on planes and find space exploration a source of wonder and...
Everybody knows about the English, the Scots, and the Irish contributions to America, but what about the Welsh people? The Welsh influence and contributions to America belie the number of Welsh immigrants.