Ok, it’s Friday – let’s have a little bit of fun.  Might you be a bad boss?  Our thanks to Jeff Foxworthy and his most famous jokes for the inspiration:bad boss

  1. If your expectations change with the shifts of the breeze…you might be a bad boss
  2. If you assume that your staff can read your mind…you might be a bad boss
  3. If you hover approximately 3 inches over your employees’ shoulders to watch every move they make…
  4. If you routinely turn your disorganization into their urgent projects…
  5. If you cruise out of the office early chortling about your Wednesday afternoon golf league while your staff members are up to their eyeballs in paperwork…you might be a bad boss
  6. If your face turns beet red, your eyes bulge and your neck veins pop out while hollering at an employee in public…you might be a bad boss
  7. If you say the company’s about honesty and then avoid a phone call by telling your assistant to lie that you’re in a meeting …you might be a bad boss
  8. If you take credit for your staff’s good ideas but let them take the blame for the bad ones…
  9. If you forget to do regular performance reviews or routinely do them late…
  10. If you redistribute sales territories every time your salespeople start making decent commissions…you might be a bad boss
  11. If you second-guess every decision your staffers make…you might be a bad boss
  12. If you pass along senior management decisions with a shrug of the shoulders and “it wasn’t MY idea,”…you might be a bad boss
  13. If you can’t remember the names of your direct reports’ spouses, or even whether they’re married or have kids…
  14. If you let that slacker performer go along without doing anything about it…
  15. If you promote people or give preferential projects to them because of how they look…you might be a bad boss

And last, if you read this whole list and didn’t feel the teeniest bit of self-recognition…it’s very possible that you might be a bad boss!