Help me stay sane and professional in dealing with my crazy boss
May 2, 2014 4:19 PM Subscribe
I'm a middle manager in a branch of an international organization, and its head, my boss, is nuts. Really. She seems gripped by wild ambition and self-importance one minute, and extreme, childlike helplessness the next. She refuses to manage anything, at all, and can't stay on topic during a three-minute conversation, let alone set any kind of priorities for the organization. She never refuses a request from higher management and is constantly pushing us all to work longer and more unpaid hours. Sometimes I think she is addicted to stress, since she always chooses the most difficult, time-consuming, complicated path. Every. Single. Time.
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This is taking a toll on everyone. Morale is in the toilet. Her 3 assistants have given up on keeping her organized, which is leading to chaos. Senior management just doesn't want to know. But, I love the substance of my work, and feel a strong commitment to the mission of my organization. Plus, there are real career benefits to me leaving this assignment before it is scheduled to end. My frustration is starting to show, though, and even worse, it's beginning to affect my overall mood, sleep, and health, and it's tougher to keep my game face on everyday.
I'm a twenty-plus year professional with a very strong track record in my organization, and very good job security, so I'm not worried about getting fired. But, there must be ways of making the situation better, for her and for me. Have you ever been in a situation like this that you managed to improve, and if so, how? What concrete things can I do to improve my attitude, minimize the damage, and make life bearable for the next 2 years?