How to talk to an intimidating boss
For example, during my first year in college, I seemingly out of nowhere developed the uncontrollable, nervous habit of repeating the last thing someone had just said in a social setting.(Think Brick from the show, “The Middle,” minus the whole bow-my-head-and-whisper thing.) Unbeknownst to me, my brief bout of echolalia was really about my inability to comfortably express my own thoughts in social situations and not about the “intimidating” people themselves.
Just being humble enough to know that that’s the truth leads to mutual respect. You know much more about your role than your bosses, this makes you a peer of them.This might be a belief that no one cares about what you have to say, which might affect how you interact with those who speak up seemingly without fear.Feeling misunderstood or a sense of powerlessness can rear its ugly head when someone else unapologetically takes charge of a situation (as I experienced in college in the example above).What stories are you telling yourself about this person?
What assumptions are you making about them and your relationship? In his book, , Gay Hendricks describes the “zone of genius” as the place where your greatest passion and your innate gifts meet. What unique power and talents do you bring to the table?
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