Chief Arrogance and Power Games: 10 tips for difficult supervisors



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Hierarchies are simply part of the everyday job. But what happens when the boss exerts his power too much, crosses boundaries, and soon becomes a dominant theme? And what can you do about it?

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Threats go faster than discuss

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Without a doubt, a boss has power because he has influence on merit, career development and the work of his employees. Power in itself is not negative - bosses have a lot of responsibility.

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But it is bad when supervisors use their power to assert their wishes, for instance by cooperating with them WarningDismissal, termination, transfer or denied boarding. The few bosses are by nature evil. When a supervisor lets his power play, it's mostly because he does not know anymore. And threatening is just faster than discussing.

Typical situations in the job

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We know all typical situations in the job: The boss wants the employee to do more and work longer. Instead of saying that, he threatens, "I told you last week that you have to work harder. If you do not finally do that, you can forget your promotion. This is a service statement. Take it seriously! "What to do?

In the short term, the best option is to surrender and follow the instructions. If a threat is so offensively pronounced, an employee who contradicts it, in any case, pulls the short one. Who, however, always makes good, what the boss requires does not remain faithful to himself and runs the risk of being taken no longer seriously.

What to do when the boss lets the muscles play?

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But to resist is not easy, because the consequences can be serious - and that scares you. It can help to question his fears in order to realize how far a boss can really go.

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For example, why am I exactly afraid? What can happen in the worst case if I react the way I want? How do I deal with it? And: is this worst case really that bad? One should also consider whether there were situations in which one was not afraid of the boss's power and what was different there. And how you would meet the boss if you were not afraid anymore.

Independent, but consistent

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Such considerations help determine the point at which one submits to the power of the boss - and where the limits lie. For example, you can define for yourself: "I am willing to work longer in the evening to achieve the required performance.

But by no means do I want to come to the company on the weekend. Because: "I wish a promotion, but not at any price!" "In this way you refuse to play the power game and makes up to a certain extent independent of the power of the boss. But of course you have to be prepared to live with the consequences.

10 Tips against Chef Willkür: How to get out of the game

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If the boss threatens you, you should not go into it, but fight with appropriate rhetorical gimmicks. We show you how it works.

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  1. Be constructive: Try to bring the conversation to a constructive level, by finding a compromise with objective arguments.
  2. Show your consequence: The boss threatens with notice. Neutralize the power of your supervisor: "I appreciate my work very much, if it could not be otherwise, but I would also leave the company."
  3. Compromise readiness: Suggest a compromise: "In order not to give notice, I would like to come here with you to a constructive solution. So I suggest you work longer during the week, but I want to have the weekends off. "
  4. Make the power play a topic of conversation: Bring the threats to a factual level: "We should stop arguing emotionally and re-engage on a factual level";
  5. Find alternatives: Suggest possible compromises and alternatives: "Do we want to deal with each other like this?" Or "I do not find it helpful at the moment, if we only think about an all-or-nothing alternative, let's talk again. I would like to discuss this topic constructively with you. "
  6. Show the consequences: Identify the consequences your boss's negative behavior has for you personally. Tell us what the consequences are for your work and what causes them to be emotionally charged: "I can not do my job in peace, if you transfer a new task to me every hour."
  7. Say what you want me to do: Confess to your feelings, wishes and observations and honestly pronounce them: "I feel very pressured by you", "I am quite dissatisfied with the fact that I have to perform this task now under time pressure"; "I'd like more help with this project from you" or "I'm a little confused by your criticism and can not do my job in peace."
  8. Speak in the I-form: Do you consciously speak in the ego form, do not hide behind an impersonal "man" or "we" - that seems more believable.
  9. Avoid accusations: False: messages such as "but you are unobjective!" Are accusatory and trigger resistance and barriers that interfere with the conversation.
  10. Use questioning techniques: Ask open questions: "What do you suggest?", "What rules apply here?" Or "What do you think is a good compromise?" This signals a genuine interest in an objective agreement.


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