Manager Mine

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And then there is the rara avis that is your boss -- someone who will "swoop and poop and leave you out of the loop in the soup covered with goop playing the uke."

No matter what kind of bird you're working for, there does come a time when you have to shoot them down, cook them up and serve them up for Sunday dinner. In other words, you just have to say, "pluck you."

Instead of being wishy-washy in your complaints, author Mollie West Duffy recommends you be direct. "Write down what you think the pain points are, and think through the language you want to use to discuss them. Use statements of fact, like 'When you do this, it affects me this way.'"

For example, "when I see your face show up on a Zoom screen, I want to put my head through the wall," or "when you open your stupid mouth, it makes me lose my cookies."

Facts like these may not help your boss be a better manager, but they will make you feel a lot better about working with them -- not that you're likely to be working with them much longer.


A final point: Remember that your manager may be dealing with critical personal issues of their own, like deciding whether to buy the latest Tesla or stick with the Porsche. In their work lives, they also may be struggling with the way best way to manage in these difficult, virtual days.

One seriously stressful problem you can be sure is making your boss's life a living hell: They have to work with you.


Bob Goldman was an advertising executive at a Fortune 500 company. He offers a virtual shoulder to cry on at To find out more about Bob Goldman and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at




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