Early in my management career a colleague of mine was a young manager whose employees loved working for him. They supported him, they spoke highly of him, and there was a strong bond of friendship within his department. There was only one problem: His department didn't deliver strong results. In our larger management team meetings, the young manager (we'll call him Dave) steadfastly defended his employees' performance.
A bad boss can make a good job unbearable, and a good boss can make a bad job...well, at least more tolerable. But it's bad bosses I'm concerned with today. People talk to me, or write to me, about problematic bosses all the time. Bad bosses come in many shapes and sizes, but rather than offering a laundry list of lunatic management behavior, what I'll focus on here is what you can do to improve your situation. Accordingly: five constructive ways to deal with bad bosses. Make yourself indispensable.
Two things I've concluded about management over the years: 1) You can learn about it in the most unlikely places; and 2) there are universal truths about it that apply no matter where in the world you are. This was my reaction as I recently happened across a 2016 management study reported in The Oxford Review involving, of all things, job conflict among nursing staff of hospitals in Iran.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".