IT Management Slideshow: Are You a Bully Boss?

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 10-19-2010

Are You a Bully Boss?

Words of wisdom from a "good boss." "Managing is like holding a dove in your hand. If you hold it too tightly, you kill it. But if you hold it too loosely, you lose it." - Tommy Lasorda

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What's that mean for a CIO?It's critical to discover the fine line between micromanaging - or, worse, bullying - and running a ship that's too loose.

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75 percent of employees indicate that an immediate supervisor's management approach creates the most stress in their jobs.Source: "Good Boss, Bad Boss" by Bob Sutton (Business Plus)

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33 percent of employees with abusive bosses are unlikely to put maximum effort into their jobs, compared with only 9 percent of employees who do not have abusive bosses.Source: "Good Boss, Bad Boss" by Bob Sutton (Business Plus)

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30 percent of employees with abusive bosses are likely to slow down, or even make errors on purpose, compared to just 6 percent of employees without abusive bosses.Source: "Good Boss, Bad Boss" by Bob Sutton (Business Plus)

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29 percent of employees with abusive bosses are likely to take sick time when they're not ill, compared to just 4 percent without abusive bosses who'd do so.Source: "Good Boss, Bad Boss" by Bob Sutton (Business Plus)

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27 percent of employees with abusive bosses are likely to "hide" from their bosses, compared to just 4 percent of employees without abusive bosses who'd do that.Source: "Good Boss, Bad Boss" by Bob Sutton (Business Plus)

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Nine ways to be a good boss1. Realize it's a marathon, not a sprint.The bad boss relentlessly pushes IT employees to make non-stop project deadlines, resulting in resentment, burnout and high turnover. Effective CIOs realize it's about the journey as much as the destination.

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Nine ways to be a good boss2. Set "small win" goals along the way.Reward staff for effectively reaching incremental steps toward a target goal. Let them savor the moment through your appreciation, as it will strengthen dedication for the next project phase.

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Nine ways to be a good boss3. Get their backs.It may sound like a well-worn phrase, but the CIO who refuses to allow an employee to "take a hit" when it's not justified not only wins over that worker - but the entire team.

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Nine ways to be a good boss4. Keep cool.Your CEO and CFO may have "tag teamed" an assault on you. Fine. Find a place to quietly cool off. Return to your department with a calm sense of confidence and your head up.

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Nine ways to be a good boss5. Treat crisis as an opportunity.Employees will judge you by your ability to appear in control - even if you don't feel that way - during moments of crisis.

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Nine ways to be a good boss6. Forgive - but rememberEmployees should be forgiven for understandable mistakes. But the CIO who lets an employee make the same mistakes repeatedly will lose respect from the rest of the team.

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Nine ways to be a good boss7. Encourage skepticism.If you allow employees to question your decisions openly, you'll never need to figure out what doubts are being expressed when you're not in the room.

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Nine ways to be a good boss8. Introduce simple metricsMake sure your employees can measure project progress with simple measurements along the way. That way, no one - including you - gets sidelined by a major "fail" at a project's end.

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Nine ways to be a good boss 9. Never let a meeting run overtime.Extending meetings - especially with repetitive, long-winded presentations -cause your employees to loath attending. Instead, surprise them by ending meetings early.

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