Sure, bosses are annoying assholes - but not always. you also have Stress. Therefore: Give your Executive one more chance. It's worth it!

Give the bad boss a chance: Each of us is an asshole!

Biggest ass of them all: yourself!

Some time ago, on the occasion of our wedding anniversary, when I was lying totally relaxed with Jana, the best wife of all, at the thermal pool and – of course – going through this text in my mind, I asked her: “Tell me, you’ve been standing there long enough Job. Do you remember instances where a manager made himself completely impossible towards his employees?" To which she replied: "Well, you were the biggest asshole in our bank at the time..."

I was shocked. Because of course I had already forgotten this part of my past. She refreshed my memory: “Do you still remember Helmut? Back then you threatened him: 'If you don't finish these papers over the weekend, you can march straight into the HR department on Monday morning and pick up your resignation!' I then had it on my neck. Not because that was my thing, but because your assistant didn't feel like it anymore and simply dumped the whole mess on my desk at night and in the fog. And back then I didn't have anyone in the department who could have done this additional task for me. At that time we were still by you. At that time you were our board member. I could have strangled you anyway! ”Fortunately, she didn't, but instead married me.

Give that ass a chance!

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Even if you can hardly believe it: Even a weak boss is capable of learning. Give him a chance to learn! Coachees often ask me: "How many chances do I have to give him?" The theoretical answer is: until he gets it and does it better. The practical one is: After a maximum of twenty attempts in the same thing, you can give up the chief education and him. Then at least you are for sure: He/she cannot be saved. It's a huge relief when you can give up the illusion that this ass will ever get better in good conscience... The comforting truth is: we are all asses. Someday, somewhere. Some of us are there all our lives. Others make the leap. Saul was also a big ass before lightning struck him and he became Paul. So there is still hope. Even for the biggest...

How do you stand it? Do you have a boss? Everyone has a boss! Does he get on your nerves? Does he drive you insane? Occasionally? Frequently? Permanent? you not alone! It goes millions People like you: Bosses are annoying. And if it's not the boss, then it's the uncooperative colleagues, the encrusted hierarchy, the excessive bureaucracy in the company Company, the galloping time pressure and performance stress, the unbearable working conditions or stupid customers.

There are great bosses - but ...

To avoid a misunderstanding at the beginning: There are impeccable, outstanding, excellent bosses! We all know or have had some of these. We're not talking about them here. You are not that Problem. The problem is the asshole boss and his female counterpart. Many people believe that only the small clerk or the pack slave in the Online-Trade camps suffered from nasty, lousy bosses. That's not true. It's much worse: it hits everyone. From the shelf stocker to the project manager, the department, division and area manager up to the director and the board of directors. For example, the head of a toolmaker's division recently told me: »Our CFO is a big ass. He generally sits out investment applications for over 1.000 euros for six weeks.

But if a Projects three days late because of his refusal to make a decision Objective come on, who's to blame then? Not the fat ass, but me!« The division manager has had an upset stomach for months. No wonder! Bad bosses are harmful to health. They come right after alcohol and drugs. You only need to look at the current numbers Burnout and stress-related diseases: astronomical! The fact is that no one is spared from bad bosses, abusive colleagues, stupid customers, hierarchical reprisals, pressure to perform, insane bureaucracy or lousy working conditions during their working life. Most people accept that: »That's the job!« Or like a board of directors with at least a seven-digit figure salary says: "Half of my salary isn't a salary, it's compensation for having to deal with the low-flyers on the board of directors." Lower down the hierarchy, people put it more directly: "Our boss is an ass. everyone knows. Nothing to do.«

Sheep that don't fight back

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Many think so. And that's exactly what makes the stupid boss happy: He loves nothing more than sheep that don't fight back, but at most bleat softly every now and then. Because you can't change anything anyway, thinks the sheep. And that's good. Because I am giving away a secret here. Don't be a sheep. You are human. And as long as you are, as long as you or I remind you, you can do something. You can change the boss! That’s why we’re here. That's the Sinn of this text. What you have in front of you is actually not a guidebook text, but rather the "How-to-change-my-boss" instructions, your liberation, your release from unreasonable or simply stressful, annoying and annoying circumstances.

In order for your boss to finally change, you don't even have to send a Russian hit squad after him or slash the low-profile tires of his big company car in the company parking lot. Revenge is not a (good) solution. The best Solutions for annoying bosses and other disruptive factors are non-violent, simple, noiseless and fast. The best thing about these anti assholeStrategies: There are loads of them, they are simple and act fast. Even in your immediate vicinity you will find colleagues who get along better or even well with the asshole boss, the problem customer or the bully colleague - without crawling behind them. How do they do it?

The best anti-asshole strategies

For example, there is Ursula. She's thirty-six and team secretary rolled into one Office full of big-headed architects who keep them spinning ten hours a day. Ursula has a nice husband and a sweet daughter, who sends a picture to her cell phone at 17:15 p.m. on her seventh birthday. Then she proudly blows out the seven small candles on her cake with full chubby cheeks in front of the assembled crowd of invited children, relatives and family members. Under the picture she typed: "Mommy, where are you?" Still in the office, of course. Yet again. Still. Because you stupid Team big-headed architects surprisingly still very urgent Tasks sent in, which of course have to be dealt with »ASAP!«. When Ursel reads her little daughter's message, she bursts into tears (you'd have to be a rock not to do it) and swears at her fucking bosses.

Again. As so often before. As it has been for years. Bad dead end where Ursula is. Until her daughter's seventh birthday. And such a day of liberation will come for you too. When the next architect bursts in with an equally urgent task, of course, she doesn't say, "Fuck me, asshole!" That's what she thinks. Which is progress. Because so far in the fifteen years of her professional life she has thought: “You Tarzan, me Jane. As a little secretary, I can't do anything against five well-educated, porky and super important architects. We also need the job to finally get out of the small apartment! "Today she says to the time-forgotten and apparently family-hostile architect colleague:" Of course I like to do that - just not now. Now I'm going home to my daughter, who is celebrating her seventh birthday this afternoon. "

The quiet suffering in the office

And the architect, who was just impertinently demanding, says: »Oh, I didn't know that! Why didn't you say that at three? After all, things aren't that urgent.« Simple solution. Doesn't always work, but it is clear better than doing the sheep and saying nothing. Afterwards, Ursula is surprised: »That was easy! Why didn't I do this before?” Because most of us need gentle nudges to slough off the sheep's wool. That's why we're here: The following pages are full of gentle and a few rough nudges. So that you can finally get going. For the suffering to end. Far too many are suffering now. They suffer quietly and do their work. years and decades.

In the hope that maybe a better boss will come soon, the damn bureaucracy in the Company contained, the bully finds another victim in the office next door, or is killed by a falling piano on the way to work. It can all happen! But rather rarely. It's much more common if you continue to suffer in secret and secretly that you feel the Health ruin, your job satisfaction decreases rapidly and your family and privacy goes to the dogs. If you don't fight back, you live wrong. You can change your boss - and any other ricochet. There are dozens of quick, easy, and harmonious solutions to this.

If you mean, by the way, that this text disses bosses and bosses (who are always addressed equally): No! quite a few Executives read it before publication. Some said thank you: "I have a boss myself that I need to get a better handle on." Others said: "I've caught myself thinking a dozen times: man, I'm like that sometimes too! I have to turn it off - who wants to be an asshole!«

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