Wendywoman on Horrible Bosses…

Radio interview on KSJO in San Francisco…

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What was your job? Tell me about your horrible boss and please provide examples of what they did or said (and how you responded!)

In the 90’s, I worked for a real crabby crappy character as Director of Business Development for a national office supply company.  My evil boss caused me so much stress that I found myself in the hospital with seven ulcers – convinced there was one for each letter of his name.  In our Monday morning team huddles, he would whip golf balls around at people so he could “get their attention”.  I gave serious consideration to wearing a hockey mask to the office!  He gave new meaning to using his words as weapons.  He would rather die and burn in hell than give me or anyone else who worked there a compliment and I was dying a slow death by leadership.  I finally couldn’t take it anymore! I was in danger of growing ulcers on my ulcers from worrying about why he refused to acknowledge my achievements.  And then it hit me. If I didn’t find a way to pat myself on the back, I would die waiting for him or anyone else to.  It makes me laugh to think of the photocopy of my hand that I had taped to the wall in my office. Deciding that it was not his responsibility to tell me I did a good job, upon deciding I was worthy of it, I pressed my back up against that photocopy and gave myself a pat on the back.  Whenever someone asked about the hand on my wall, I would tell them, “I can’t get a pat on the back from anyone else, so I give myself one.” Before you knew it, photocopied hands were springing up all over the office!  It was a good learning experience for me, because even when I moved into the senior executive rank, I still had to find a way to pat myself on the back because I seldom got them from anyone else.

(Radio interview on KSJO in San Francisco)