….or more specifically, people I don’t like (generically):
1. Control freaks or micromanagers. How are you ever going to do anything right if someone is controlling you or telling you what to do every step of the way? The only thing that can be controlled perfectly is a machine, and I am not a machine (nor are you)! Plus, how can you ever be original or creative when someone is telling you what to do every step of the way?
2. Bean counters, more concerned about numbers (not just dollars and cents, but anything that can be quantified, such as how much paper you use, how long your computer has been turned on, how much coffee you drink, etc.–believe it or not, I’ve been called on the carpet for all of these things!) rather than quality of your work. What incentive does this give you to be creative and imaginative if all they care about are numbers?
3. People with a “take no prisoners” attitude who belittle others. Or just as bad think because you made one mistake that you’re no good at anything. Or don’t consider the fact that we learn and grow over time–just be patient! Or that they weren’t always perfect either–in other words, they were in our shoes at one time also! Maybe they’re taking out their revenge intended for others on us instead. Let’s face it, none of us are perfect. At the same time, however, how can they expect you to get better if all they tell you is “Improve or else!” or worse, “You’re no good and never will be!” It’s better to encourage rather than belittle.
4. Bullies. Nuff said right there.
A person can be more than one of these, and frequently is. Truth be told, the behavior of people like this says more about people who behave this way then the person under their responsibility. By treating others so negatively, they’re not helping anyone, but instead, trying to cover up their own weaknesses and insecurities–and ultimately, revealing themselves as the failures they really are.