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Horrible Bosses - They Teach What B-Schools Don't...

posted 6 Oct 2012, 09:34 by olnf Admin   [ updated 6 Oct 2012, 10:08 ]

Author: Anonymous

I got an sms few days back and couldn't help but smile for a long time after reading it. It went like this..

"What is the similarity between a Boss and a sperm??
-- Out of hundreds of thousands, only one of them turns out to be a human being....!!"

Well, couldn't agree more. Shall come back on this a little later.

When I was pursuing MBA, all I thought of was, joining a well known brand with a good salary and a good position after the completion of the course. I didn't have the slightest of the clues that there's more to worry than a few of these listed factors, that there are creatures known in popular jargon as "bosses" who could ultimately make or break you. And curiously enough, the "boss factor" isn't advertised at all in the company presentations/brochures during the campus placements or even elsewhere.

Now this is totally unfair for the unwitting candidates who simply plunge into the jobs without knowing who their mentor/tormentor would be.

Ideally, the profile of the "to be" bosses along with their resumes and if possible, their nature description should be a part of the company presentations to the innocent employees to be.

I have been part of the corporate rat race for about 2 and a half years now.  I have seen different bosses - three to be exact. And this group of three consisted of the most ferocious man-eaters to helpful and caring mentors. The first one was a big jerk, senior to me by only a year, who didn't know how to manage the "freshers".

Come on man, freshers need time to evolve, to learn the things. They can't be expected to run the show right from day one just because they have some fancy degree from some fancy B-school.

The second one was the most horrible person I've ever seen in my life. No hesitance to use foul words anywhere, treat the subordinate as if he/she was his maid servant, ridicule at every opportunity presented & not presented and shatter the confidence of the individual.This type of creature would relentlessly taunt you for taking a "Half day" when in fact you are leaving the office at 8 pm in the night! and the mere mention of "leave" to him is the highest form of blasphemy!

In essence, no organisation is good or bad, its just your experience with the boss. If he's good and reasonable, the work place would seem enjoyable while if he's the monster, the man-eater, then only God can save you. Yes there other factors too like salary and designations and work profile etc that may be the reason of dissatisfaction for an employee. But believe me, even if the salary is great, the brand is great, it all serves no purpose when you can’t sleep peacefully at night, all thanks to the great bad boss of yours.

Fortunately, my current boss is quite reasonable and friendly (that’s quite a bonus!). Well, I guess enough of this corporate gyan.There's more to life than merely working for others. I guess fortunate are those who follow their dreams.

Many of us are afraid to deviate from the "normal" paths of life deemed "correct" by the society. I am no exception as well. We tend to develop a mental block within ourselves wherein we fail to recognise the inner potential and capability that we all are endowed with. I guess its more to do with the fear of failure as well.

I love the following lines by Marianne Williamson on our deepest fear...

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

I hope that we all shall shine one day!

(The author is a white collar worker who is currently contemplating an alternate career of becoming a Motivational speaker or a Shrink or a Hollywood Movie critic. He was a brilliant budding cricketer who unfortunately couldn't blossom due to career threatening injuries in childhood and partly, the ineptitude at sport.....)