How Business Owners can Deal with Bad Managers

There’s a plethora of advice for how to deal with bad managers — from an employee’s role. But, little is out there about how to deal with a poor manager for business owners. Entrepreneurs rely on a number of other individuals to make things happen. Everyone onboard is supposed to be onboard as a team. Sadly, there are times when a manager’s style is counterproductive to the larger organization. Fortunately, there are some effective ways entrepreneurs can deal with bad managers.

Bad Managers Undermine Good Employees

You’ve probably heard the old computer software cliche that “garbage in equals garbage out.” Meaning, if the right ingredients aren’t entered, the output will totally reflect its input. This same sentiment goes for your company’s team members. If employees have the right management leadership, their performance will reflect it. However, if that leadership is poor, you’ll get poor results.
Bad management can impact employees and a company’s overall operations. Incompetent managers exist, and they can have challenges relating to staff members and keeping them motivated. In addition, substandard supervisors may not be able to balance budgets, increase revenues or capably perform other crucial tasks. —Houston Chronicle Small Business
It’s a bit more difficult to manage a manager than it is an ordinary employee. Largely because these individuals are experienced and used to managing others — but not necessarily themselves. So, it’s entirely possible for them not to see their own flaws and shortcomings. If an employee under him or her doesn’t produce the right outcomes, a bad manager believes it’s because of the employee and not himself. Of course, this is circular logic and the situation will only worsen over time.

3 Effective Ways Business Owners can Deal with Bad Managers

The good news is there are ways to get a wayward manager back on track. (Or, reform a bad manager into a good steward of their team members.) Here are three effective methods business owners can use to deal with bad managers:
  • Identify their weaknesses. Okay, this goes under the “obvious” category. But, it’s something that simply cannot be ignored. By getting feedback from your employees and observing him or her in their official capacity, you can pinpoint his or her weaknesses (and strengths). Then, work with them to formulate a plan to help them overcome their weaknesses and rely more on their strengths. Don’t be overly critical. Instead, speak about their shortcomings in a transcendental way and emphasize their strongest traits.
  • Always strive to set an example. Here’s another bit of obvious — but absolutely necessary advice — always strive to set an example. After all, if you run the company like the infamously bad side of Steve Jobs (who was reputedly a ruthless and hard-driving boss), expect the same behavior from your manager(s). But, run your company as a benevolent yet firm boss and your manager(s) will most likely follow your cue. When you make a mistake, own up to it and do so honestly and humbly.
  • Give him or her public praise when deserved. This is difficult because it could easily backfire in a number of ways. Still, it’s necessary to bestow praise when and where it is due to encourage others and to foster a sense of unity. Of course, you can’t just praise your manager(s), you must also do the same for your employees.
What other suggestions do you have for dealing with bad managers as a business owner? Please take a moment to share your thoughts and experiences so others can benefit from your unique perspective! Interested in learning more about business? Then just visit Waters Business Consulting Group.

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