Did anybody see the new movie, the comedy “Horrible Bosses” this weekend? If so, leave a comment and let us know what you thought – should I see it next weekend or wait for home video?
The trailer looks pretty funny, but even bad movies can be made to look good when cut down to 2.5 minutes:
There was a related article in the Lincoln Journal Star where people shared their real life “horrible boss” stories.
I've been pretty lucky in my career to not have direct managers who were “horrible.” The horrible-ness tended to creep in two or three levels up.
But having brushes with “horrible bosses” (or somewhat horrible ones) has motivated me to delve into the people side of lean – the philosophy, the management system, and the behaviors more so than the specific Lean tools.
Highlights from the story that tie into Lean topics or principles – keeping in mind that more of these are pathetic and sad than funny:
- I once had a boss who was so worried that I wouldn't have enough work to do (an imaginary problem), she would write up lists of tasks such as “find pencils and sharpen them.”
- Over my boss' 35+ year career in same position, he has turned a blind eye to his “posse” of bullies and troublemakers. Although they terrorize just about anyone and everyone, they seem to get the thumbs-up to do as they please. Tell him about issues and he ignores or never acknowledges. He did put up a suggestion box at one point in his reign, but, after reading one of the suggestions, he ripped the box out of the wall.
- I am in the trades and work for a guy who has never turned a screwdriver so he has no concept of the time it takes to do a job or the safety concerns that can accompany said job. He thinks that just because he told you to do it that it should already be done.
- My boss does not listen to me or any of my co-workers. She gives a blank stare when employees try to make a suggestion she does not like. I would compare her to a communist leader. It is either her way or no way.
- I once worked at a place that would use wait staff to clean the whole place after close — scrubbing toilets, floors, everything — for far less than minimum wage. We were the cheap cleaning crew.
I hope none of you have horror stories like these… if you want to share them in a comment, there is the option to type “anonymous” and a fake email address in those fields.
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