Our Corporate Life
September 30, 2014   •   Volume 5, Issue 20   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦   Feature Article: Dealing with an Abusive Boss
Ask Amanda: I want to change industries, help!
♦   Practical Tips: Smart Jargon
Dealing with an Abusive Boss

We all have our beliefs regarding what behaviors are appropriate to the workplace. When there’s a bully in a leadership position, it can strike terror among team members, especially those who were brought up by adults who didn’t lose emotional control. When bullied by their manager, high performers tend to assume responsibility for their bosses’ behavior, e.g., “If only I’d done x, y, z, this wouldn’t have happened.” Or their self-worth gets tangled up in how they’re being treated by their superiors, which negatively affects their confidence. After a while this can lead to a downward spiral where the former high performer is negatively affected by the situation—physically, emotionally, and mentally.
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Thought to Ponder

Knowledge with action is power.

Practical Tips:
Smart Jargon

One of the ways the workplace has changed is that employers are a lot less interested in what you’ve done in the past and a lot more focused on the results you can deliver now. Train yourself to use active language when you’re discussing work topics to position yourself as an executive who consistently delivers value.

Some examples of power verbs include: lead, develop, establish, sell, create, teach, manage, drive, restructure, and sometimes, help.
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 ask Amanda

I am so frustrated. I know that I want a career in sports but no one seems to see my experience in my current field as transferable. What should I do? J.M., Philadelphia, PA

Amanda Mitchell

Remember, you’re playing a long game and there may not be a straight path to your goal. Take the feedback you’re getting and dissect it. What are the “objections” you’re hearing, beyond your lack of direct sports experience? Do they mention a lack of specific skills, a lack of management experience, or some other issue?
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