Dealing with your boss can be a touchy subject depending who you talk to. Especially if your boss happens to be super critical. I’m the kind of boss that believes you can always be better. That perfection doesn’t quite exist, but were always striving to get as close to it as possible. Now I’m not that boss that will constantly tell you how terrible you are or constantly critique you. Instead I like to motivate and use positive reinforcement. But that’s not every boss or most bosses. So what are you to do about a boss that is notorious for finding and pointing out flaws?
The solution is actually quite simple. The hairy arm technique. I recently read a story about a graphic designer who worked in the time before computers. One of his clients was constantly trying to make changes that didn’t need to be made. So one day that client started seeing the designers arm printed on the edge of the layout, partly obscuring the ad. He would get upset and insist on the removal of the hairy arm. Because of this cleverly placed distraction the client’s need to be in charge was fulfilled. This is genius!
A managers job is to lead, teach, and coordinate. Not many managers are ever trained in leadership. How do you even train leadership? So it is to be expected that not everyone is going to be good at it. Use this knew knowledge to your advantage. Sometimes management just needs to feel like they’re needed. Of course this isn’t for everyone out there, but there are those that are dealing with exactly what I’m writing about.
Not 100% sure where I read the story first, but pretty certain this where I saw it first. The Guardian