When the boss is the distraction by Focuswise | Aug 28, 2019 | Focus Break | 1 comment When the boss is the distraction by Curt Steinhorst | Focus Break https://focuswise.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/When-the-boss-is-the-distraction.mp3 ← Productivity is not personal When your boss doesn’t care → 1 Comment Martin Fenelon on 2019-08-28 at 08:11 Good advice when dealing with a reasonable person. Unfortunately, I’ve been in situations with ‘heroic’ bosses who want to demonstrate that they can conquer every assignment or obstacle. In their minds, they have worked harder and smarter than everyone else, so everyone on their team just needs to follow their lead. In response to the visibility approach that you suggest, their response usually does not include a decision. ‘Both need to get done, and the deadlines won’t shift, just do it’ or ‘I don’t have time to do it for you, you need to get it all done’. In their minds, they could complete all the tasking by the deadline, so you shouldn’t have a problem. The reality is, they never did all the tasks they claim credit for, and often don’t understand the processes and time involved with most of the tasks. It is just easier for them to avoid making a decision and avoid taking responsibility for overloading their employees. If the targets are met, they will be first in line to claim credit for what the team, or team member, have accomplished. The key to solving this problem is the next management level up – if they are smart and observant. Unfortunately, they usually are neither, since they put the toxic manager in the position in the first place. So the team members are faced with a decision – fight, flight, or submission. None of these is good for the team or the enterprise.