What To Do If Your Boss Is A Moron.

Let’s face it. Your boss might not be the most emotionally evolved mammal on the planet.
Chances are you will have to deal with (or have already dealt with) a boss that is all too like the chicanery you see from Dunder Mifflin’s leadership team.

No matter what you do, it’s never enough.  Your results are never big enough or fast enough.  Even though the boss is never there, when he does decide to show up he “second guesses” all your decisions and keeps asking “what the hell is going on around here?”

All the while you are using all your big people skills to not shout out the obvious answer — “You would know if you were here…”  But you shut your mouth and pretend to take notes on the clipboard you are holding.  Muttering to yourself if having a job is really all that worth it.

Not for bosses like that.

The extra stress and chaos does nothing but bring you years closer to your death.  It’s not only stupid, it’s dangerous – to your mental and physical health.

So what can you do?  Do you just slam the door, throw your bosse “the bird”, and collect unemployment?  Maybe.

But if you play your cards right, you can find yourself in a better place (mentally, physically, and financially…) with just some good old-fashioned planning.  Here’s how to handle the situation.

1. Do your job right now.

That’s the kicker.  Don’t get sloppy.  And don’t get lazy.  Even the biggest moron bosses can spot a slouch from a mile away.  You don’t need a target on your chest while you are plotting your escape, so do your job.  And do it damn well.  You don’t gain a thing from cutting corners or trying to game the system in your favor.

Your boss owns your ass for the eight hours (or more) that he is paying you to be there.  Jackass or not, he owns you.  That right.  If you are taking his money then you owe him effort.  Don’t make things worse by shirking your responsibilities.

2. Don’t pick sides or get petty.

The only way that moron bosses can have friends (temporarily…) is by pitting employees against each other.  They will draw you into a discussion and try to get you to complain or poke holes at another person that you are doing business alongside.  Then once you are out of the room, they do the exact opposite to the other person  — except this time it is aimed at you.  Don’t fall into that trap.

Be polite but insist that you don’t have anything to say bad about your peers — even if you do.  What you don’t know is that it’s not a level playing field.  If you take the high road you’ll avoid the traps.  And by the way, you need your peers to help you with your next steps, so don’t burn bridges.  Be fair. Don’t be petty.

3. Plan your exit expertly.

Find out what you want to do next and make it happen.  Have a budget. Know exactly how much money you need to keep your dream alive.  Write down the one thing you would do if money were not an option.  Start doing that thing after hours (instead of watching TV).  Volunteer if you can’t get paid to do what you love.

But most importantly, be an expert about your future. Money. Time. Location.  Know everything about what and where you want to be.  You don’t want to make an uninformed decision and find yourself crawling back to a bad boss — just because that’s the only thing you can get paid to do.  Create a plan.  Put the steps on a calendar.  Start executing.   You’ll be out of there in no time.

4. Don’t repeat your past mistakes.

If there are personality types that annoy you, then avoid them — at all costs.  If you can’t work for male bosses, then find a female leader to work for.  This is where you need to be really clear about what made your boss such a moron in the first place.  Was he offense?  Crude?  Obnoxious?  Unfairly demanding?  What are the 2 or 3 things that make the situation unworkable from your perspective?

By the way, a lot of bosses are perverts.  They talk about God and how much they love their wives, but two weeks later they are trying to play “grab ass” with you.  Talk to other people who work there.  Buy them a beer.  They will tell you everything you need to know to make an informed decision.  Whatever you do, don’t leave just to leave.  And don’t take another job just because it’s not the one you have right now.

5. Get physical along the way.

Frankly, this whole situation sucks.  Big time.  Stress and panic and chaos are never good ingredients to add to your lifestyle.  The resulting product is sure to look pretty worn out.  You need to plan extra “stress-relieving” into your schedule.  And that doesn’t just mean more sex.  It means physcial exercise.  You hitting something or running somewhere or sweating.

There is something empowering about working through your frustrations.  It’s healing.  And that’s what you need a lot of.  To keep a level head and to execute the other steps we talked about you need to be a warrior.  Focused.  On message.  Ready to spring into action at the right moment.  Get in shape.  You’ll need it.

This is always tougher to do than to talk about.

You can only fix you. So focus on that.

Remember that.  There will always be jerks and morons.  But you don’t need to work for one.

You’re better than that.  Get out.  But do it your way.

Don’t let frayed emotions and stressed decision-making force your hand into doing something that is hard to recover from. Play it cool.  Have a plan.

Find someone else who appreciates your talents.

The truth is that they are out there looking for someone like you.

 

0 Replies to “What To Do If Your Boss Is A Moron.”

  1. Few times in my career have I had the desire to leave one company for another solely because of a moron boss; however, when I did feel this way I always, always made sure that I was at the top of my game on my way out. It made me feel like I was giving them one last glance at how good they had it with me in that position.

    1. What a great feeling too. To know that you have value as an executive. It’s easy to sulk and be petty. It’s another thing to take your life back into control and move on.

      BTW, you bring up a good point. If you truly are at the top of your game you will have no problem finding other suitors.

      Thanks for sharing your very cool perspective, Ann…

      Dan

  2. Few times in my career have I had the desire to leave one company for another solely because of a moron boss; however, when I did feel this way I always, always made sure that I was at the top of my game on my way out. It made me feel like I was giving them one last glance at how good they had it with me in that position.

    1. What a great feeling too. To know that you have value as an executive. It’s easy to sulk and be petty. It’s another thing to take your life back into control and move on.

      BTW, you bring up a good point. If you truly are at the top of your game you will have no problem finding other suitors.

      Thanks for sharing your very cool perspective, Ann…

      Dan

  3. Few times in my career have I had the desire to leave one company for another solely because of a moron boss; however, when I did feel this way I always, always made sure that I was at the top of my game on my way out. It made me feel like I was giving them one last glance at how good they had it with me in that position.

    1. What a great feeling too. To know that you have value as an executive. It’s easy to sulk and be petty. It’s another thing to take your life back into control and move on.

      BTW, you bring up a good point. If you truly are at the top of your game you will have no problem finding other suitors.

      Thanks for sharing your very cool perspective, Ann…

      Dan

  4. Few times in my career have I had the desire to leave one company for another solely because of a moron boss; however, when I did feel this way I always, always made sure that I was at the top of my game on my way out. It made me feel like I was giving them one last glance at how good they had it with me in that position.

    1. What a great feeling too. To know that you have value as an executive. It’s easy to sulk and be petty. It’s another thing to take your life back into control and move on.

      BTW, you bring up a good point. If you truly are at the top of your game you will have no problem finding other suitors.

      Thanks for sharing your very cool perspective, Ann…

      Dan

  5. Few times in my career have I had the desire to leave one company for another solely because of a moron boss; however, when I did feel this way I always, always made sure that I was at the top of my game on my way out. It made me feel like I was giving them one last glance at how good they had it with me in that position.

    1. What a great feeling too. To know that you have value as an executive. It’s easy to sulk and be petty. It’s another thing to take your life back into control and move on.

      BTW, you bring up a good point. If you truly are at the top of your game you will have no problem finding other suitors.

      Thanks for sharing your very cool perspective, Ann…

      Dan

  6. Few times in my career have I had the desire to leave one company for another solely because of a moron boss; however, when I did feel this way I always, always made sure that I was at the top of my game on my way out. It made me feel like I was giving them one last glance at how good they had it with me in that position.

    1. What a great feeling too. To know that you have value as an executive. It’s easy to sulk and be petty. It’s another thing to take your life back into control and move on.

      BTW, you bring up a good point. If you truly are at the top of your game you will have no problem finding other suitors.

      Thanks for sharing your very cool perspective, Ann…

      Dan

  7. “You can only fix you. So focus on that.” <– Most important point of a great post! As long as you keep that in your sights, everything else will come into focus. It's a great feeling of empowerment too.

  8. “You can only fix you. So focus on that.” <– Most important point of a great post! As long as you keep that in your sights, everything else will come into focus. It's a great feeling of empowerment too.

  9. “You can only fix you. So focus on that.” <– Most important point of a great post! As long as you keep that in your sights, everything else will come into focus. It's a great feeling of empowerment too.

  10. “You can only fix you. So focus on that.” <– Most important point of a great post! As long as you keep that in your sights, everything else will come into focus. It's a great feeling of empowerment too.

  11. “You can only fix you. So focus on that.” <– Most important point of a great post! As long as you keep that in your sights, everything else will come into focus. It's a great feeling of empowerment too.

  12. “You can only fix you. So focus on that.” <– Most important point of a great post! As long as you keep that in your sights, everything else will come into focus. It's a great feeling of empowerment too.

  13. Excellent advice here Dan. I worked for one of these bosses some years back and the toll it took on me was incredible. I developed severe lower back pain that prevented me from doing what I love most – cycling. Needless to say, the day I professionally and respectably left the job my back pain disappeared! The mind-body connection is amazing.

    1. Yep. Unfortunately, you are all too true. It’s amazing how many stories I hear like yours. People just sitting in cubicles hoping that things eventually get better. They don’t unless you make them better. 🙂

      Dan

      p.s. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your wisdom. Feel free to share any time.

  14. Excellent advice here Dan. I worked for one of these bosses some years back and the toll it took on me was incredible. I developed severe lower back pain that prevented me from doing what I love most – cycling. Needless to say, the day I professionally and respectably left the job my back pain disappeared! The mind-body connection is amazing.

    1. Yep. Unfortunately, you are all too true. It’s amazing how many stories I hear like yours. People just sitting in cubicles hoping that things eventually get better. They don’t unless you make them better. 🙂

      Dan

      p.s. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your wisdom. Feel free to share any time.

  15. Excellent advice here Dan. I worked for one of these bosses some years back and the toll it took on me was incredible. I developed severe lower back pain that prevented me from doing what I love most – cycling. Needless to say, the day I professionally and respectably left the job my back pain disappeared! The mind-body connection is amazing.

    1. Yep. Unfortunately, you are all too true. It’s amazing how many stories I hear like yours. People just sitting in cubicles hoping that things eventually get better. They don’t unless you make them better. 🙂

      Dan

      p.s. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your wisdom. Feel free to share any time.

  16. Excellent advice here Dan. I worked for one of these bosses some years back and the toll it took on me was incredible. I developed severe lower back pain that prevented me from doing what I love most – cycling. Needless to say, the day I professionally and respectably left the job my back pain disappeared! The mind-body connection is amazing.

    1. Yep. Unfortunately, you are all too true. It’s amazing how many stories I hear like yours. People just sitting in cubicles hoping that things eventually get better. They don’t unless you make them better. 🙂

      Dan

      p.s. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your wisdom. Feel free to share any time.

  17. Excellent advice here Dan. I worked for one of these bosses some years back and the toll it took on me was incredible. I developed severe lower back pain that prevented me from doing what I love most – cycling. Needless to say, the day I professionally and respectably left the job my back pain disappeared! The mind-body connection is amazing.

    1. Yep. Unfortunately, you are all too true. It’s amazing how many stories I hear like yours. People just sitting in cubicles hoping that things eventually get better. They don’t unless you make them better. 🙂

      Dan

      p.s. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your wisdom. Feel free to share any time.

  18. Excellent advice here Dan. I worked for one of these bosses some years back and the toll it took on me was incredible. I developed severe lower back pain that prevented me from doing what I love most – cycling. Needless to say, the day I professionally and respectably left the job my back pain disappeared! The mind-body connection is amazing.

    1. Yep. Unfortunately, you are all too true. It’s amazing how many stories I hear like yours. People just sitting in cubicles hoping that things eventually get better. They don’t unless you make them better. 🙂

      Dan

      p.s. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your wisdom. Feel free to share any time.

  19. In other words exercise emotional intelligence to the 10th degree while maintaining your positive core values and working your action plan. Great advice again, Dan,
    Leanne Hoagland-Smith

  20. In other words exercise emotional intelligence to the 10th degree while maintaining your positive core values and working your action plan. Great advice again, Dan,
    Leanne Hoagland-Smith

  21. In other words exercise emotional intelligence to the 10th degree while maintaining your positive core values and working your action plan. Great advice again, Dan,
    Leanne Hoagland-Smith

  22. In other words exercise emotional intelligence to the 10th degree while maintaining your positive core values and working your action plan. Great advice again, Dan,
    Leanne Hoagland-Smith

  23. In other words exercise emotional intelligence to the 10th degree while maintaining your positive core values and working your action plan. Great advice again, Dan,
    Leanne Hoagland-Smith

  24. In other words exercise emotional intelligence to the 10th degree while maintaining your positive core values and working your action plan. Great advice again, Dan,
    Leanne Hoagland-Smith

  25. I’m 21 years old and finally coming to the realization that I have some very incompetent and unprofessional people as my superiors. I’ve been at my post for almost 3 years and have enjoyed about 65% of that, which is great, but the past 35% that hasn’t been all roses has been contributed to the past year or so. The more and more that I think about it (and have read on here), it’s very much time for me to seek something else out that’s more rewarding. I’m a fairly laid-back guy and can take the bull by the horns when needed, but sometimes, you have to gut-up and realize that it’s just time to move and be potentially happier. That’s the key; happiness!

    I enjoyed this read, thanks.

  26. I’m 21 years old and finally coming to the realization that I have some very incompetent and unprofessional people as my superiors. I’ve been at my post for almost 3 years and have enjoyed about 65% of that, which is great, but the past 35% that hasn’t been all roses has been contributed to the past year or so. The more and more that I think about it (and have read on here), it’s very much time for me to seek something else out that’s more rewarding. I’m a fairly laid-back guy and can take the bull by the horns when needed, but sometimes, you have to gut-up and realize that it’s just time to move and be potentially happier. That’s the key; happiness!

    I enjoyed this read, thanks.

  27. I’m 21 years old and finally coming to the realization that I have some very incompetent and unprofessional people as my superiors. I’ve been at my post for almost 3 years and have enjoyed about 65% of that, which is great, but the past 35% that hasn’t been all roses has been contributed to the past year or so. The more and more that I think about it (and have read on here), it’s very much time for me to seek something else out that’s more rewarding. I’m a fairly laid-back guy and can take the bull by the horns when needed, but sometimes, you have to gut-up and realize that it’s just time to move and be potentially happier. That’s the key; happiness!

    I enjoyed this read, thanks.

  28. I’m 21 years old and finally coming to the realization that I have some very incompetent and unprofessional people as my superiors. I’ve been at my post for almost 3 years and have enjoyed about 65% of that, which is great, but the past 35% that hasn’t been all roses has been contributed to the past year or so. The more and more that I think about it (and have read on here), it’s very much time for me to seek something else out that’s more rewarding. I’m a fairly laid-back guy and can take the bull by the horns when needed, but sometimes, you have to gut-up and realize that it’s just time to move and be potentially happier. That’s the key; happiness!

    I enjoyed this read, thanks.

  29. I’m 21 years old and finally coming to the realization that I have some very incompetent and unprofessional people as my superiors. I’ve been at my post for almost 3 years and have enjoyed about 65% of that, which is great, but the past 35% that hasn’t been all roses has been contributed to the past year or so. The more and more that I think about it (and have read on here), it’s very much time for me to seek something else out that’s more rewarding. I’m a fairly laid-back guy and can take the bull by the horns when needed, but sometimes, you have to gut-up and realize that it’s just time to move and be potentially happier. That’s the key; happiness!

    I enjoyed this read, thanks.

  30. I’m 21 years old and finally coming to the realization that I have some very incompetent and unprofessional people as my superiors. I’ve been at my post for almost 3 years and have enjoyed about 65% of that, which is great, but the past 35% that hasn’t been all roses has been contributed to the past year or so. The more and more that I think about it (and have read on here), it’s very much time for me to seek something else out that’s more rewarding. I’m a fairly laid-back guy and can take the bull by the horns when needed, but sometimes, you have to gut-up and realize that it’s just time to move and be potentially happier. That’s the key; happiness!

    I enjoyed this read, thanks.

  31. its sad to see that this is all biased from the employees perspective . always appeale to the individuals humanity and try to think of why any of us are the way we are and how we got that way .Loss of self respect after a mistake or feeling lost in general explains many of the above mentioned problems with a leader and its important to always show compassion. however negligence is unbecoming of a leader and the individual is required to take it apon them self to step down, smarten up, or face consequence

    1. This particular article is from an employee’s perspective. I have written many others from a leadership or executive perspective.

      It can be difficult to feel “stuck” — in a position where you can’t get headed in the right direction.

      No one has the right to get inside your head and ruin your motivation. It’s not petty to protect your inspiration.

      Dan

  32. its sad to see that this is all biased from the employees perspective . always appeale to the individuals humanity and try to think of why any of us are the way we are and how we got that way .Loss of self respect after a mistake or feeling lost in general explains many of the above mentioned problems with a leader and its important to always show compassion. however negligence is unbecoming of a leader and the individual is required to take it apon them self to step down, smarten up, or face consequence

    1. This particular article is from an employee’s perspective. I have written many others from a leadership or executive perspective.

      It can be difficult to feel “stuck” — in a position where you can’t get headed in the right direction.

      No one has the right to get inside your head and ruin your motivation. It’s not petty to protect your inspiration.

      Dan

  33. its sad to see that this is all biased from the employees perspective . always appeale to the individuals humanity and try to think of why any of us are the way we are and how we got that way .Loss of self respect after a mistake or feeling lost in general explains many of the above mentioned problems with a leader and its important to always show compassion. however negligence is unbecoming of a leader and the individual is required to take it apon them self to step down, smarten up, or face consequence

    1. This particular article is from an employee’s perspective. I have written many others from a leadership or executive perspective.

      It can be difficult to feel “stuck” — in a position where you can’t get headed in the right direction.

      No one has the right to get inside your head and ruin your motivation. It’s not petty to protect your inspiration.

      Dan

  34. More good advice. As it is with most situations in life, the rational among us determine what problems there are, confront them and then go about the business of resolving them to our benefit and those around us. No so with the dumb, stupid boss. They’ll go on endlessly with their destructive behavior while you pay a very heavy price. There is a very deep-seated denial within them. You know nothing. They know everything. Insecure as they are, their only redeeming (Lol) quality is to say no rejecting whatever it is you have to contribute however well-intended we might be. To stay, all aspects of your life could be affected from how you interact with others everywhere, your relationships, your health and quite possibly one’s very sanity! It will make no difference how competent you are in relation to how ignorant they are. Do yourself a favor NOW. Begin the process of removing yourself from these most toxic behaviors on the path to a better way of living where your talents and experiences are respected and appreciated. Because of their ineptitude and sickening unwillingness to change, it seems there is no way out…there is. You were born with immense capacities and freedom. It might take a little while but there’s a way. Do it. Get started. And get out!

  35. More good advice. As it is with most situations in life, the rational among us determine what problems there are, confront them and then go about the business of resolving them to our benefit and those around us. No so with the dumb, stupid boss. They’ll go on endlessly with their destructive behavior while you pay a very heavy price. There is a very deep-seated denial within them. You know nothing. They know everything. Insecure as they are, their only redeeming (Lol) quality is to say no rejecting whatever it is you have to contribute however well-intended we might be. To stay, all aspects of your life could be affected from how you interact with others everywhere, your relationships, your health and quite possibly one’s very sanity! It will make no difference how competent you are in relation to how ignorant they are. Do yourself a favor NOW. Begin the process of removing yourself from these most toxic behaviors on the path to a better way of living where your talents and experiences are respected and appreciated. Because of their ineptitude and sickening unwillingness to change, it seems there is no way out…there is. You were born with immense capacities and freedom. It might take a little while but there’s a way. Do it. Get started. And get out!

  36. More good advice. As it is with most situations in life, the rational among us determine what problems there are, confront them and then go about the business of resolving them to our benefit and those around us. No so with the dumb, stupid boss. They’ll go on endlessly with their destructive behavior while you pay a very heavy price. There is a very deep-seated denial within them. You know nothing. They know everything. Insecure as they are, their only redeeming (Lol) quality is to say no rejecting whatever it is you have to contribute however well-intended we might be. To stay, all aspects of your life could be affected from how you interact with others everywhere, your relationships, your health and quite possibly one’s very sanity! It will make no difference how competent you are in relation to how ignorant they are. Do yourself a favor NOW. Begin the process of removing yourself from these most toxic behaviors on the path to a better way of living where your talents and experiences are respected and appreciated. Because of their ineptitude and sickening unwillingness to change, it seems there is no way out…there is. You were born with immense capacities and freedom. It might take a little while but there’s a way. Do it. Get started. And get out!

  37. Funny how you mentioned female bosses. Almost everyone including women agree women bosses are much worse than their male counterparts.

      1. well I think it has to do the fact that most women put in position of authority feel the need to show off their power.

  38. Funny how you mentioned female bosses. Almost everyone including women agree women bosses are much worse than their male counterparts.

      1. well I think it has to do the fact that most women put in position of authority feel the need to show off their power.

  39. Funny how you mentioned female bosses. Almost everyone including women agree women bosses are much worse than their male counterparts.

      1. well I think it has to do the fact that most women put in position of authority feel the need to show off their power.

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