7 Founders Share What Their Worst Boss Taught Them

7 Founders Share What Their Worst Boss Taught Them

14.01.2017 News

Online resource Entrepreneur has published interesting and instructive stories from the lives of American and Canadian founders of the business in which they share the lessons they got from the worse mentors in their life

  1. Be  a mentor 

Name: Melissa Ben-Ishay, Company: Baked By Melissa

Lesson: The importance of open communication. When I think of the worst boss I ever hard, I don’t think of just one person.

I didn’t have a mentor. I didn’t have someone who wanted me to succeed. I didn’t have someone who took the time to sit down, have a conversation with me and help me be better at my job. So now, I really make the effort to be clear and honest with my employees and sit down with them and communicate.

       2. Follow the golden rule

Name: Gavin Armstrong, Company:  Lucky Iron Fish

Lesson: People who are bullies act that way because they are insecure about something else. They are very demeaning and not appreciative.

You want to be very respectful of people working with you. Remember they work with you, not for you. Be complimentary of their work, because they are putting a lot of time and effort into it.

      3. Have strong convictions

Name: Merrill StubbsCompany: Food52

Lesson: Being indirect about what you want or what you expect is a really terrible tactic for managing people. It makes them feel like the ground is shifting beneath them — that’s an impediment and distraction from people doing their best work.

       4. Follow through

Name: Oliver Kharraz, Company: Zocdoc

Lesson: I learned to only make promises that I can keep. I remember how upset I was when promises were made to me that were not kept, and I promised myself that I wouldn’t do that.

        5. Leave your ego at the door

Name: Tim Chen, Company: Nerdwallet

Lesson: Ego gets in the way of success. I worked at a hedge fund that had a real “Lord of the Flies” feeling. It was pretty crazy. The problem with ego is the best ideas don’t win, because you have trouble facing the truth.

         6.  Treat everyone with respect

Name: Kyle Hill, Company: HomeHero

Lesson: The worst boss I had was actually a soccer coach I had in high school. I wouldn’t say he was a bad coach, but he yelled at me a lot. I realized that was something I could not handle. So my dad ended up pulling me from the team. I didn’t understand it at the time. I thought it wasn’t a big deal, and I had a tough skin.

But my dad was adamant about this, he said, “I don’t want people talking down to you because it hurts your self confidence. I need you to have the highest self confidence going into in everything you do in life; otherwise you’re not going to want to do it.”

I think it lends itself to being treated with respect and dignity. My dad said, “You can be stern, you can bench my son, you can take him aside and tell him what he needs to improve on. But don’t publicly reprimand him.”

           7. Don’t stand in the way of innovation

Name: Bastian Lehmann, Company: Postmates

Lesson: One thing I try to do is help the people that want to do more. I want to help them realize that when they are at Postmates.

The worst boss I ever had told me that I couldn’t do that. He was weak and afraid someone was more hungry than him. When I saw someone trying hard, and they gave it everything they had, that someone would not give them guidance and help them succeed.

Also read: «Veni, vidi, vici» or proper realization of business strategy

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