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How to thwart the dont-be-right Midwest technology boss

CHICAGO All the way through school, you studied hard to get the right answer. On those first job interviews after graduation, you tried hard to say the right thing.

Through your career, you've carefully watched and listened and learned so you can excel in your field and do the right thing at the right time. Ha ha! Joke's on you! Sometimes, for some Midwest h......

Full article >>> . You'd say: "I have a meeting with Chuck Smith. I don't know if you know him."

The wrong-to-be-right boss would say: "Chuck Smith? Hes only the leading guy in the [blah blah blah]." It was the only that told you what a moron you were for not knowing Chuck's full bio and resume.

It got to be a running joke after a while.

One of us in the company would ask another employe......

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2) Use the fog technique

There is something called the fog technique in which you essentially ignore the insulting comment your boss just made. Let it sail by, don't react and keep talking about whatever you were talking about. This is sort of a way of neutralizing the boss who is trying to put you down.

Youre signaling that you didnt even hear the person. You're tre......

Full article >>> course, the boss will be wrong on the facts because she's giving the reply she gave only in order to one up you.

Don't react to that victory, either. It's all about the right answer and it's all about the team.

You can survive the don't-be-right boss. Many of us have and have the war stories to show for it. I really believe that working for difficult people is a blessing because ......

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'"/> By Liz Ryan 09/06/04

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