Boss Type: The Seagull
Today we showcase a wonderful submission from Steve, that not only introduces a common type of lemon boss, but also shares a clever way to seek some revenge – however small that might be:
In terms of boss ‘types’, I think The Seagull is a classic: i.e., the manager who swoops in, craps all over everyone and everything, and then leaves in a hurry. I experienced this boss at a job where I was hired for my creativity, but instead found myself spending huge amounts of time in poorly run, pointless meetings. Worst of all, these meetings required hours of commuting to get to – in order to discuss how to best educate people about being environmentally sustainable. Oh, the irony.
But, I digress. This particular boss would periodically rush into our meetings, take over the room, crap all over our efforts (“These ideas won’t work!”), throw massive obstacles in our way (“You need to write a communications plan before tomorrow!”), and then rush out of the room, leaving us stunned.
A coworker and I got through these horrible meetings in a number of creative ways. Our favourite was when I brought a plush seagull to the meetings that played an actual pre-recorded seagull call when squeezed. We introduced a rule that if anyone went too far off topic, you could squeeze the seagull in order to alert them and get the meeting back on track.
Very few people understood why I’d chosen a *seagull* for this purpose… but wow it felt good.
Thank you, Steve. We are inspired to bring seemingly innocent objects to meetings that will secretly expose our bosses’ flaws!