Excerpt from “Corporate Crap” – Chapter 3: Bosses

Published November 25, 2018

So, why is this person my boss?

Companies’ capricious hiring practices have their worst
consequences at the top. If you don’t get it right at the supervisory
level, all else is lost. These managers then go on to make their own
hiring decisions, firing decisions, project and budget decisions, and
can personally make life hell for employees. There is an adage that
people don’t leave companies; they leave bosses. I believe this. A
good boss can garner loyalty even if the employee isn’t wild about
the company. A boss you don’t respect causes you to circulate your
resume even if you love the company.

I can count on one hand the number of bosses I looked up to
during my forty years in corporate America. Most of these were
early in my career, when all of my bosses were older and more
experienced than I. Over time, the person I reported to was mostly
determined by seniority, what was convenient on an org chart,
or other factors that did not include things like superior talent,
judgment, people skills, temperament, and other qualities people
respect in their authority figures.