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10 steps to becoming a horrible IT boss

Bob Lewis | March 17, 2017
Good-bye, programming peers; hello, power to abuse at your whim.

Meanwhile, they’ll become dependent on you to make decisions that have any risk at all attached to them—more childlike, as it were, and therefore less likely to want to pursue their own ideas and directions.

Extra credit: Many of your subordinates are, when they leave the workplace, parents themselves, doing their best to raise their own children. Since, as a manager, you’re now an expert in child rearing, make sure to give these folks the benefit of your wisdom on the subject. They might not thank you for it, but then, do children ever thank their parents?

 

Step 9: Value your subordinates’ contributions

Value them so much that they never move to other opportunities.

Because you know Marcia will get the job done when it comes to making sure the general ledger closes properly every month. After all, she’s made sure of it every month for the past 10 years. If she moves into a different role, you’ll risk the wrath of the CFO if Marcia’s replacement has a rocky month or two getting the hang of things.

You can help ensure Marcia stays where she is by dropping the quiet word here and there that while she’s very good at what she does, she isn’t that versatile—she’s a specialist who’s found her niche.

Self-fulfilling prophesy can indeed be your friend.

 

Step 10: Lead from in front

Leaders are people other people follow, so make sure to lead from in front.

If, for example, your team does something amazing that would be of interest to the executive leadership team, be sure they create the PowerPoint version and thoroughly brief you on the contents so that you’re fully prepared to present the accomplishment.

After all, you’re the one who built a team capable of accomplishing whatever it is, and you’re the one who would have been held accountable if the team hadn’t done the job.

It only makes sense that the ELT should associate you with the success.

 

In conclusion

Here’s the best part. Manage your troops like this and you can be confident at least a few of the ones who are most overpaid will decide to pursue other opportunities.

Which means you’ll finish the year under budget.

Promotion to the next level, here you come!

 

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