I work with a tyrant.
No, 'with' is the wrong preposition; it implies some degree of mutual recognition and co-operation.
I work around a tyrant.
In our small dictatorship, This Person (henceforth referred to as TP)
pretty much has total control.
TP has never heard of the word 'delegate'. In spite of having been to a number of management best practice courses and workshops, TP's methods would make up a substantial list of 'What Not To Do As A Manager'.
- total control over all systems. if TP is ever run over by a bus, there are some areas of the 'state' which no-one else knows the workings of. Or the way in or out.
- using personal guile and charms to get one's own way, eg flirting with members of the opposite sex.
- bursting into tears when things don't go one's way, or when someone complains to the boss.
- interrupting and putting people down at meetings.
- publicly telling people off in front of other employees - or worse, in front of clients or members of the public.
I could go on and on - but you get the picture, I suspect.
We experience the results of this tyranny on a small scale,
but it gives us an idea of what people in larger despotic states must feel:
- We feel undervalued. I know I am good at my job, that I am efficient and capable - but TP can make me feel useless.
- We lose heart. What is the point of trying to improve/suggest ideas, if ideas are pooh-poohed or not even acknowledged?
- We suffer from general malaise and loss of morale: what used to be a happy staff is an angry, frustrated, and in some cases fearful, staff.
Enough ranting. Happy Saturday.
Images from here, here, here, here and here.