January 18, 2017, Forbes: Almost everyone has worked for a difficult boss at some point in their professional life, but most people don’t know how to begin navigating this kind of situation.
Forbes asked 10 Forbes Coaches Council members how to handle a boss under difficult circumstances.
My Contribution: Stay Focused and Ask Questions.
If you are being criticized about how you did something, ask, “How does this impact the results I delivered?” If you are being wrongly accused, ask, “What leads you to think I would do that?” If you don’t agree with an assertion or instruction, ask, “What makes you conclude that?” Always keep your verbal delivery neutral. If you don’t like the boss’s answers, this just gives you more information for future decisions.
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