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To all of the bad managers I’ve ever had

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Dear Every Bad Manager I’ve Ever Had,

Thank you.

I am so grateful to have worked with you. Thank you for teaching me so much. About how not to run a team.

You are horrible – outright deplorable, some of you – at your job. (Seriously.) And I thank you for it. Because I was all the better for having worked with you.

Because of you, I won’t have to make those mistakes myself.

Specifically:

To the managers who publicly shamed or criticized the team…

To the managers who got off on instilling a sense of fear in their team…

And to those in either group who interpreted anxiety or fear as allegiance…

To all of the managers who took zero responsibility for their team’s shortfalls on deliverables… and to those who actively – even aggressively – threw their own people under the bus (willfully unseeing how either was a poor reflection on them as managers)…

To the managers whose first words to me were to say I didn’t care enough about my team – a (laughably incorrect) accusation that, turns out, was really more about them not caring about me…

Incidentally, to every manager who doesn’t care about their team…

And to every manager who’s managed by “feelings” instead of rationale and made emotion-rooted rather than logic-driven decisions…

To the managers who played the hierarchy card… to those who actually and really said “because I said so” as explanation and the others who shut down conversations with “I want it my way or not at all”…

To the managers who talked about the importance of “communication” but only defined it as the “talking” half…

To the managers who forgot which of their team members were also managers and talked shit about someone (me) with one too many people (me) on the company-wide management conference call…

To the managers who fail to absorb that, manager or not, others are worthy of being treated with respect and addressed as peers, not inferiors…

To all of the managers who compensated for their own insecurities by employing double standards across the team or by trying to instill insecurity in me on basis of things like my hair…

And to all of the managers who cared more about their bonus and saving their own skin than they did about watching over their team or their workstreams…

Thank you.

Sincerely. And on behalf of everyone else who had the disguised fortune of toiling under your reign. And on behalf of all of those who will work under those of us who worked under you, now that we’ve made for better managers as a result.

May you someday never have to manage anymore, and finally be able to live in peace with your title and bonus.

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