Thu 31 Mar 2011
So the next type of batty boss I’ve observed is Mr. Schmingle. I have to admit that I had another name for this type but the Gen Yers I spoke to suggested other names & I chose this one. I love what it means & how it sounds.
According to Gen Yers, a schmingler is someone who spends his time schmoozing and mingling – schmingling with everyone.
Mr. Schmingle wants everyone to feel good and so he tells you what you want to hear. The problem is everyone is hearing something different. Things get so convoluted you don’t know fact from fiction. His inability to be straightforward makes people question his honesty and intentions. You simply don’t know where you stand with him.
Have you worked for a Mr. or Ms. Schmingle? Probably. I have and it’s one of the most annoying & difficult types for me to work for. When you find yourself working for a batty boss, the first thing you need to do is get your venting out of the way. It’s a natural reaction for all of us to rail against a batty boss especially if he really rattles your cage. It’s okay to vent – just don’t vent with your coworkers. If you want to tweet about the latest bonehead thing the schmingler did… think again. If you want to throw darts at his picture & post it on your Facebook wall, it would probably be amusing to your friends but not a good idea either.
If you have to vent, call or text a friend (after work on your personal cell). Just don’t do it at work near coworkers who are plugged in to the Gossip Network. You know the Gossip Network, right? It’s the rumor mill, the juicy stuff people love to spread around & gossip about. It’s amusing to listen to the Gossip Network, just don’t be a contributor.
Once you get the venting out of the way, it’s time to fight back but in a smart way not a belligerent one. If you don’t want your career to be derailed, then you need to figure out this particular breed of batty boss & work with him. First thing you need to do is put your emotions aside. It’s hard to do at first but with practice, you can do it. Next you need to be observant. Who are the people in your team that get along with the schmingler or other batty breed? What does batty like about these coworkers of yours? How do your coworkers handle batty?
Make a point of observing your batty boss for the next few days. Keep an open mind & see what makes him tick. See who works best with him. In the next post, I’ll tell you why that’s important.
So how about you? Do you work for a schmingler? What winning strategies have you used to get around the schmingliness & make the relationship work?
Next batty breed: Mr. Sleepless. Can you guess what floats his boat?