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Thu Mar 16, 2017, 05:11 PM

If you worked for someone who was Trump-like, how would you respond/react to that

situation?

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Reply If you worked for someone who was Trump-like, how would you respond/react to that (Original post)
cornball 24 Mar 2017 OP
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Response to cornball 24 (Original post)

Thu Mar 16, 2017, 05:14 PM

1. I'd quit.

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Response to cornball 24 (Original post)

Thu Mar 16, 2017, 05:17 PM

2. In general? I once had a supervisor who was Trump-like in her pettiness, arrogance, lack of

emotional intelligence and vindictiveness. If you have an HR department, you can always file complaints you have about your supervisor with it. You can also keep copies of any emails or text messages you get from such a boss to protect yourself if anything goes down between you two in the future.

As far as day-to-day existence with such a boss, I used to come in, do my work, and leave. Any arguments I had with her I'd stay calm and collected. I'd also never gossip around her or her underlings, as anything you say can be used against you by such a boss.

In the end, it's best to leave a workplace with a Trump-like supervisor if there's no chance of him/her retiring or being fired, or if there's no chance for you to transfer to another department within the company or advance to a level where he/she can't touch you.

And if you do leave, you should be clear that you're leaving because of your supervisor. I know some people don't like to do that because they would want to use their former employer as a reference, but you can get plenty of those if you're a good worker.

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Response to cornball 24 (Original post)

Thu Mar 16, 2017, 05:42 PM

3. I had a boss like him

My first job in the music business was with an exceptionally successful music publisher and producer. He was a hard core Republican and lived in his own bubble. If he said the earth was flat, then that was the truth. He adored Ronald Reagan. Early on, I learned that when he told me to do something, if I did the opposite, we'd have success.

My position gave me tremendous freedom and flexibility since I had to work a lot of unusual hours. By exploiting those freedoms, I rationalized my situation and did a lot of business that he never knew about. Eventually, I took his two biggest clients, went solo and never looked back.

He was a self-made multiple tens of millions-aire who was angry, jealous, distrustful, nasty, petty, small-minded, ignorant and bigoted. Sound familiar? He was friends with several NYC developers and at one business dinner in the mid-1980's, I actually met Donald Trump. Regarding the orange cockwomble, I hated him before, then and ever after.

In the end, my former boss died a sad and miserable little man. But he gave me a chance at the beginning of my career, so I guess I have a small bit of gratitude towards him. All told, he was exasperating.

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Response to cornball 24 (Original post)

Thu Mar 16, 2017, 05:44 PM

4. I had a boss like Trump once...


He made my life hell, his parents owned a sports team, he was Mr.Riche-Riche....on top of everything else, sexual allusions etc...I hate pigs..

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Response to cornball 24 (Original post)

Thu Mar 16, 2017, 05:47 PM

5. i did. i quit.

well, using the term "trump-like" a bit loosely, given that trump is comically unique.

but yeah, i worked briefly for the owner of a small business.

he was a financial advisor who had an idea for a software program to help him manage a bunch of client accounts.
no clue as to how to develop software, never mind manage that process.
no management experience whatsoever.
no real sales experience outside drumming up a few retail clients for his financial advisory business -- not the same clients who would be buying the software.

yet he felt he was the right guy to run this enterprise.


the company he one corporate client/investor who had largely lost confidence in him and basically made him hire me to try to turn it around.

i did what i could until we went on an "errand" outside city lines, where he told me not to hire gay people (almost explicity; he used the "family-oriented, if you know what i mean" angle). he thought he was being clever taking me outside the city where gays were protected, but of course, the *business* was inside city limits, so it hardly mattered where we were when he made this request.


the story would be oh so much better if i had quit on the spot, but i thought better of it and discussed it with my now-wife first. we agreed the best thing would be to clear out my desk over the weekend when no one else was there and quit on monday.

and that's what i did.


expensive decision, voluntary unemployment sucks big time; but, best career move i ever made.
and i can't even put it on my resume.


edit to add:

oh, i almost forgot another trump-like quality -- he used dwindling corporate funds to buy himself an rv.
seriously,

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Response to cornball 24 (Original post)

Thu Mar 16, 2017, 06:02 PM

6. Oh yes,

 

had a Market Center Manager just like him. Use to love to the shit out of him,the Guy was so stupid he did not get what I was doing to him. Yup,the made Manager of the Year one year,and after that,he really went Trumper. Tried to fire me because I was to old and did not fit the Imagine that he wanted. Oh did that blow up in his face. After putting up with his Crap for eighteen years,walked off the job and never looked back. BTW,Corporate fired his sorry ass few months later. Corporate wanted to know why that Territory Sales dropped fifty percent in six weeks. Duh,last laughs are fantastic.

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Response to cornball 24 (Original post)

Thu Mar 16, 2017, 10:16 PM

7. I'd quit after filing a harassment suit.

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Response to cornball 24 (Original post)

Thu Mar 16, 2017, 10:24 PM

8. I did work for someone like him in NYC. Actually our offices were directly

Kitty-corner to Trump towers on 5th Avenue. He was worth almost half a billion dollars and came from an old blue blooded family but he had that same thing about him that Trump has - nobody ever tells him no and he always get what he wants when he wants it. He had a furious, volatile temper and would explode for no reason at all. After a while I didn't even take it personally because I just thought he was bat-shit crazy. Every now and then he would even be nice, but it was rare.

He had been kicked out of almost every posh restaurant and club in Manhattan because of his explosive temper and his tendency to go off on innocent people. I also think he had a drinking problem. Working with him was like walking on eggshells all the time because you never knew when he would snap - you didn't have any control over it because he would just go on these tirades over nothing. Eventually, I couldn't take it anymore and left. It was like a huge weight being lifted off my shoulder.

I had no idea how traumatized I was until I got away from him.

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Response to cornball 24 (Original post)

Thu Mar 16, 2017, 10:39 PM

9. I have and I found another job. nt

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