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Shining the Light on Bad Bosses

Posted by Karen Caruso, Ph.D. on Jun 26, 2014 11:59:00 AM

Bad Bosses Hide in Dark Corners

Why do bad bosses seem to go undetected or acknowledged by everyone except those who work for them? These menacing managers seem to hide in dark corners. It is extremely frustrating for anyone who is suffering under a bad manager that this person's poor performance or bad behavior is overlooked and tolerated by the organization. In my experience in working with senior leaders, these four reasons seem to top the list:

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Topics: Performance Management, Upward Feedback, Competency Models, Improving Performance, Bad Bosses

Competency Model of a Bad Boss

Posted by Karen Caruso, Ph.D. on Jun 23, 2014 7:48:00 AM

The next time you have a moment to spare and have grown tired of reading online news and checking social media, do a search on "characteristics of a bad boss". The lists, articles, stories and images that will surface will likely make you laugh. There is no shortage of examples of what it's like to work for a bad manager. One of my favorite lists of characteristics was published on Forbes.com - 31 Telltale Signs You Are A Horrible Boss. Great list - but my guess is that if you are a horrible boss you will not likely see these telltale signs in yourself.

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Topics: Performance Management, Upward Feedback, Competency Models, Improving Performance, Bad Bosses

The Ultimate Plan for Tackling Poor Employee Performance

Posted by Karen Caruso, Ph.D. on Apr 21, 2014 8:19:00 AM

Addressing poor employee performance is probably one of the most stressful and least appealing aspects of being a leader. Not tackling a performance problem in its early stages is a pitfall that some managers fall into, for any number of reasons. I have heard countless reasons (excuses) why poor employee performance has been overlooked with the five most common being:

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Topics: Performance Management, performance feedback, Improving Performance