Don’t Pay For Your Boss…!

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”

-Winston Churchill

Last week at Jaipur, I was conducting a program on Cultural Transformation for the leadership team of a conservatively managed large Indian enterprise. Late evening at the terrace of that heritage resort, while atmosphere was festive and the air was curried with the aroma of local culinary, I was quietly staring out at the majesty of the dimly illuminated facade of the hypnotic Amber fort at far side of the road. Abruptly, one contemplative looking elderly participant startled me with an innocent question, “Sir, have you experienced a bad boss?” And I told him “Unfortunately not, but counselled many who have. Not just few skeletons, but entire gallimaufry of them.”

Let me ask you the same question, “Do you think you have ever experienced a bad boss in your career?” If yes, please join the club!

A lot has been written about the theme over the last couple of decades. What is clear with most of the  dissecting discussions in the literature is one: To be cautiously insightful in dealing with such a matter. I am sure there is a lot to be learned from all the works. But I have a radically diverse recommendation and if nothing else, I would want young professionals to learn to stand for their convictions. Continue reading