You May Get
The Lone Wolf
No - I don't speak up often in manager settings
No - I don't have resources and am not generally appreciated by my boss
Yes, I generally exceed my deadlines and come in under cost estimates
Yes, but sometimes I need to request additional resources or time
No, unfortunately I don't have the right talent on my team at the moment
No, the expectations of my supervisory exceed the limited resources and tools I have
Yes, especially among my peers
Yes, that's why I was given leadership over my team
I think there are a number of talented people around me and on my team.
Yes, and my boss gives me extra leeway to do what I need to do.
Yes, and my team appreciates my expertise and comes to me for advice
I'm not the best, but I'm effective
I'm not the best, but I have the best team working for me.
Yes - because I have a boss that is totally incompetent
Yes - because my peers spend way too much time doing non-work things
Yes - because my subordinates don't support me
I don't know, I don't really pay that much attention to the work environment
I've never heard of that TV show.
Yes, they do not communicate well or often
Yes, I would rather just avoid asking
No, my supervisor communicates well
Yes, because I am driving the work, not my boss
No, they micro-manage way too much
Yes, I totally agree
Yes, but I rarely find myself needing to discipline anyone
I disagree, people generally want to work and want to be successful
Yes, and it is best to start by being demanding because it is easier to loosen up than to have to increase disciplinary measures.
Workers need discipline and rewards, but not because they do not want to work, usually they just need to understand the bigger picture.
Yes, and I regularly confide in them, or ask their opinions
Yes, we do a lot of social activities together
Yes, though we probably gossip a little too much about our subordinates or bosses.
I really don't know them that well
No, but there is no tension or competitive feelings
No, I simply don't trust them
No, one of my peers (or more) has actively tried to sabotage me.
Yes, I totally agree
Yes, as long as you don't become too socially engaged or "familiar"
This is one key to being successful at work, not necessarily the best
Yes, and then you need to protect them from supervisors or other departments
No, the best way to succeed is to make sure they're doing their job well.
Yes, my subordinates need a lot of attention and direction
Yes, I have to fight for resources and time from supervisors
No, I generally get what I want out of my team
No, I generally get what I need from my peers or superiors
Even asking multiple times doesn't work, nobody listens to me and sometimes they forget to include me in meetings or discussions.
Yes, not because of office politics, but because I make myself available and am willing to help.
Yes, I'm the one stop shop for getting things done.
Not for resources, but I always know what's going on in the office.
Not for gossip, but I can get things done.
No, in fact, my supervisor's open door policy has cut me off from my team
Yes, because I'm the only one that can solve them
Yes, because everyone else is dysfunctional
I get my fair share, but I'm not the only one.
No, I make sure that I and my team get the best projects
No, in order to succeed, you need to be involved in useful high visibility projects, I leave the rest for others.
Yes, I and my team are constantly having to pick up the worst jobs, or fix things
No, change for the sake of change is ineffective
Yes, I totally agree
Change may be good, but not the kind we experience in our work environment
Change is overrated. We should be regularly improving to limit the need for big "changes"
Change means the boss is back and probably bored
Yes - totally agree
Yes, and to resolve conflict when it arises
No, supervisors need to be the best and most effective at the jobs they supervise.
Yes, and they need to get out of the way of those that are doing the real work.
Enjoying all the time you have to spend at work.
Getting the resources you need to do your job
They really aren't that important
For knowing who your competition is for promotion and rewards
For knowing what people are really saying about you.
Yes, totally agree
No, work needs to have some fun in it because we spend so much time there
No, if you hate your job, get out of it, you should only do what you enjoy
Yes, it won't be any better anywhere else, so best to keep your head down
Work is work, but that doesn't mean it can't also be enjoyable. A positive workplace environment is critical to productivity and success.
My supervisors all went on vacation, they just slow me and my team down.
My peers would quit socializing and get back to work.
My team would understand how important their work is to my career
I think I'm doing fine the way things are.
My boss would get off my back and be more realistic
I had a different job, or worked somewhere else
Excellent: They love me and regularly offer praise for my work
Effective: I don't have any problems of which I'm aware and I receive positive reviews
Neutral: We're not friends or enemies, I just don't interact too much.
Negative: My supervisor and I generally don't see eye to eye.
No - they have not expressed interest
No - we are way too busy
Yes - but not too frequently
Yes - my work peers are my friends
No - I don't know any of them well enough
No - I don't get along with any of my peers
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