Getting a Distracted Boss’s Attention


Does your boss have the attention span of a fly? While you’re waiting for her to sign off on a report, is she too busy multitasking — dusting off her keyboard, sending e-mails, talking on her phone — to focus on the job at hand? Leaving you without a clue as what to do next?

Most likely, Terrible Office Tyrants (TOTs), a.k.a. bad bosses, like this are suffering from work overload, unable to strategize and prioritize. As the Terrible Office Tyrant (TOT), comments and stories on my blogs at BusinessWeek and MSNBC show, when you have a distracted Little Lost Lamb with a short attention span, or other type of bad boss, you endure unnecessary stress and decreased productivity — not helping you, your boss, or the company.

As I discuss in Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant™ (TOT): How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job, and talked with Anita Bruzesse/GannettOne, what works with small children can help your boss regain focus to get him back on track.

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