Here at the Medical Practice Center, we try to give you tips on streamlining your practice, improving your patient care, increasing your profits, and re-calibrating your work-life balance. In other words, we try to stay upbeat. But every now and then we have to concede that even the best-run practices can get de-railed by personnel matters. So we’d like point you in the direction of a column of Michelle Singletary’s.
Singletary is the personal finance columnist for The Washington Post. Last week she hosted an on-line discussion with Stanley Bing–who for many years has written wry and biting columns about corporate culture and who just recently published a new book called Crazy Bosses. Singletary also published some other Post reader anecdotes about their insane employers. Both the transcript and the reader anecdotes are good for a laugh–and maybe a bit of “Phew-I’m-not-the-only-one” relief.
Everybody loves a good crazy boss story, of course, perhaps because most of us have had psycho-supervisors ourselves. But if you’re a boss and any of these behaviors sound vaguely like, um, you,consider this: Being controlling, vindicative, or downright mean won’t make your office run more smoothly. But it will make your employees talk about you behind your back, look for other jobs,and even, in the worst of cases, try to sabotage your success. Books, tapes, and seminars on good leadership are a dime a dozen these days. If you need them, go get ’em.