Six Things Great Bosses Don’t Do

We’d venture to say that very few people got into the construction business because they expressly wanted to manage people. However, the fact is that as you elevate your career and get nearer the top of your company’s org chart, you will be more and more managing people and less and less managing tasks. But how much of your training in college and since has centered around managing people? Don’t most of us know what little we know by having watched our bosses manage people over time? What constitutes a good boss? And what makes for a poor one?

Tune in this week as Wayne discusses six things good bosses DON’T DO. We’d like to hear from you. What have you observed from your past bosses that made them either good or bad? Please share with us in the comments.

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  1. Accountability, Don’t overanalyze, be decisive, delegate, seek help/opinions, action oriented, be plan flexible/agile….

    Great stuff Wayne!! As always

    • Thanks for the additional ideas, Jim!

  2. Great stuff! Thanks.
    Do you offer any videos on family business succession/transition planning?

  3. Thanks Wayne. Good reminders. Also, I would offer that managing projects is ALL about managing people too. Even though they are your direct reports. At all levels, we can learn how to be more effective with influencing and motivating people.
    I agree, we all have to learn to ask for help/ideas and also when to realize we’ve made a ‘mistake’ (a bad plan, bad decision, etc) and own it. One of the hardest things to learn or remember!

    • Thanks, Kent!

  4. Early lesson from my management professor- “Praise in public; chastise in private.” Great bosses don’t read employees the riot act in front of an audience. But celebrate employee positive achievements in public.

    • Yes, that’s a good one, Chip. Thanks.

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