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Personality, I don’t buy the points you present. Point #1 – yes you can learn from watching bad bosses. But can’t you also learn from having great bosses? I am not sue you can’t. Actually a great boss will make sure you learn along the way. With this logic. We will always have bad bosses every second third generation. I don’t see the need ot the sense in that given the other disadvantages of having a bad boss. Point #2 – maybe, but why is this important? Is there some kind of competition? I am not sure what exactly is the benefit of that? In addition to assuming that somebody is actually looking and comparing you too (which I am not sure is always true), this point assumes that you are doing the same comparable job… I think this will become more and more rare… Point #3 – maybe I am naïve but I am not sure I understand this distinction between “me” and the organization of the “job”. Aren’t they the same? Isn’t part of your job (and reputation, and skills) is OCB? Isn’t part of your job is interaction with others (which also has benefits which are not included here). If you are really doing you don’t like and are not competent at for a long time, perhaps your boss is not as good as you claim he or she is. Point #3b – not sure who this is another point in favor of bad bosses…looks like more to #3, in that case, see above. Point #4- again, being a bit naïve, but a good boss negates this entire idea of “power”. The idea of “power” (at least in the sense I understand it here from the context) is needed, if decisions are not made in a process that benefits the organization and its employees. I the boss is good, it will happen not matter how much power you have. The need of employees to use “power” of this sort, points, in my mind to a mismanaged organization. Point #5 – as you mention yourself, this is cheating. Not sure if all the employees with bad bosses (and their organizations) really benefit from the possibility of replacing the boss and being good at it. Yes, we should make the most out of every situation, however I don’t see that these things are more important than the benefits of a really good boss. Just my 2 cents, Elad
Nice post David, I think it is more than that. It is not only that "our imperfections can be combined to create something incredible" it is also shows how finding the right person, with the right talents and skill can lead to the creation of real synergy. They found somebody whose comparative advantage was taking everything and putting it together. These combinations are priceless... Thanks for the post! Elad
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