One-up on your Boss?

Do you want to take your Boss’s job? How many times did you ponder on that? Is that feeling a constant factor for you? Voila!  You are dot on the path of your progress! This feeling empowers you to visualize that you are better than your boss. Check Mate, pull yourself back and reverse the situation. Just for a second imagine you are already there and see, how would the one who will be reporting to you, perceive you?

A peak into a mirror to introspect such a situation:

“I have been working in a manufacturing company since last 1 year.  However, my increment is nil, all thanks to my Boss. My qualification is M.B.A. D.L.L. L.L.B( 2nd year pursuing). My boss had studied till Class 12th, with no experience in HR. He joined within six months from my date of joining. He lacks knowledge and understanding of HR, including basic concepts such as meaning of P.F. I handle and deliver on all the HR functions. To make matters worse, due to office politics, I was denied my increment. What should I do? Is hard work valued? Is the qualification not important? Why wasn’t I trained on how to make the most of Politics, as a part of my education? My teachers taught me to work hard, which I do, but what’s the significance of it? My boss earns three times more than me, and his increment is more than 35%? Tell me seniors, why and what is it that is going wrong with me? ”

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Situation at hand

  • The boss has been hired to manage the team. No matter how difficult it gets, this will remain static.
  • The boss is aware that the reportees have been working for the company for a longer period of time, hence are better informed about the systems.
  • The capability of the boss will require time to come up to the speed.
  • The pain of losing benefits and perks cut from the promised pay-off
  • Furthermore, the boss would take calls, which may not always be aligned to the current team.

Turn the problem on its nose

What would happen if the Boss had not come in to the picture at all? The job would have still been done. The scale of efficiency would widely vary, but the work would still go on. Hence focusing on what truly matters than the toxic behaviour by the new boss, which may majorly target, to affect the morale of   the higher skilled team, remains obvious.

Here, once we accept the obvious, we are left with choices that we can make for ourselves.

Lets take a leap of 20 years or even the last day of career. What will this job look like? What is that wisdom that would be then realized, that remains unknown now? At the other end of the tunnel, this sort of a misfit, might appear to be a part of the system. Sometimes it is designed to push us out of the job to a better one, eventually, mellow down to the winds of change.

Take helm

Few changes if at all to be made can be brought in-terms of working;

  • Let the boss do his job. Aim to support with your knowledge, without any expectation. The aim is not to be recognized or acknowledged but to collaborate. Takeaways would be defined in the due course of time.
  • Stay focused on what matters, in the role. Monetary rewards motivate, but need not remain, the only take away, from a job.  Your learning gained from the current role would be of great use later, if only, the learning comes a full circle. Aim for end-to-end responsibilities, right from delivering to realizing the factors, that affects decision making. This will prepare you, for the next role.
  • Next time, before you mourn for being more educated and hardworking, than others around you, just consider, how would your life be without it?

New experience calls for self-actualization. Whether we are governed by Darwinism, vouching for the survival of fittest or Collaboration, we agree to keep getting better everyday. So step- up to your game, not to rock the boat but steer it towards the safe shore.

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  • Chittabrat

    Well said. But in reality, it hurts a lot, when you don’t get the learning or support fom your boss.

  • Dear @698e7fb9e8c951bb8d72fb2741790de3:disqus , I second your point. The core reason to write this article was to think out of the box, in such a situation. We all have been through and rightly know how stuffy and stuck it gets. There is no way out other than aligning our survival skills differently. Please share how did you survive a situation like that. I appreciate your effort taken to share your views.

  • Amirtha varshini

    I can include one more thing here, whatever
    the qualification might be the attitude of boss is different when compare to others,
    he might have different approaches or idea to make the Business strong, whereas
    the others might be lacking in it. If he or she might found it out what
    capacity that boss have or the person is lacking no doubt he or she is next
    boss of that company or business! 

    In the Negative aspect the boss is the person who should sometimes do spy works,
    He will be like a cat whenever he want he will utilize us or else he will
    escape make the workers to hang upon his (Boss) immediate superiors. Really in
    that case it will hurt like anything.So, whenever doing work he or she should
    get good name from Boss as well as know how to protect him or her from strange


  • Anonymous

    “Letting the Boss do his/her job” is the right formula. when you can demonstrate that you are a value added employee, you put yourself in a whole different light and elevate your status.

  • Tazoh Venland Teke

    Dear Nabomita,
    sincerely thanking you for bringing to light a situation that affects almost
    every rung on the management ladder, I wish to join Chittabrat to say it really
    hurts when the fruits of the input are partially distributed and worst when the
    non-financial motivation package is shared secretly without recognition for
    talent and valuable inspiration.

    It is often said that you may be amazed of how much you can accomplish if you
    don’t care who gets the credit! This is because while accomplishing, you gain invaluable
    training that can reward you later within the same company or elsewhere.
    Facilitate the boss’s work by talking to him on those things you feel he could
    have done. If he does not share the corporate vision, business goals and
    objectives get into a close relationship to enable him share these before the
    ship takes a different direction. He will obviously take you to be his giant.
    He stands on you and the Executives see him successful. One day… One Day he
    will be asked a question on something you designed for him and his face will
    turn to you in a meeting searching for the response and that is when he will
    indicate the source of his inspiration and that is enough. His resistance to
    see you moved from that position will be indicative to Top management that you
    are of great value to him.

    In management, Make
    sure everybody counts and everybody knows they count. But legitimate
    self-confidence is a winner – the true test of self-confidence is the courage
    to be open. So be open to let your boss see your willingness to assist him
    ‘survive’ Nothing motivates more than success, yet hard work is the key. The
    success of your strategies together with your boss will motivate you to keep on
    rather than you visualizing what he earns etc. Read these:


    “A dwarf standing on the
    shoulders of a giant may see farther than the giant himself.” (Didacus
    Stella, circa AD60 – and, as a matter of interest, abridged on the edge of an
    English £2 coin)


    “If I have seen further it
    is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” (Sir Isaac Newton, 1676.)


    “The most important thing
    in life is not to capitalise on your successes – any fool can do that. The
    really important thing is to profit from your mistakes.” (William Bolitho,
    from ‘Twelve against the Gods’)


    “Management means helping
    people to get the best out of themselves, not organising things.” (Lauren


    So enable even your boss to get the best out of
    himself and the reward will be obvious!


    Remember, Top management may even demote you to
    see if you are really the giant your boss is standing on and you may get angry,
    frustrated and act before they conclude to give you the right position you
    deserve in the company. Exercise caution and be at peace with your actions.


    Venland Tazoh-Teke



  • Vijay pandya

    all the bosses are kind hearted and remember they do have a soul,just keep on doing good and honest work and feel contented after completion of work.results are there one needs tonnes of patience to digest.
    vijay pandya

  • Sarvan Pp

       It would be my pleasure to work under such a Boss like you. But, unfortunately all Managers don’t have the right attitude to bring out their workers’ best output.  Some play cheap politics, only few got vision.  We should be sincere to the organisation and stick to our basic values and moral.  Sincere and efficient workers are always recognized by the organisation.  Your reply to Nabomita Mazumdar is excellent.

  • Thankyou @google-4ab758fc974cd9aeb4def2a7eaff0de4:disqus I cite this from my experience, I know it works for sure. Appreciate your views on this .


  • @271223c73ba496c68e155755b46798d6:disqus I appreciate what you ave shared. Though, it gets tricky to stay focused when pressure mounts. Identifying the survival skill that suits , remains the sole key to success.