My Boss Finds Fault With Me - Part 1

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • Do I have to take my boss's criticism seriously?
  • Do I have to apologise to my boss?
  • How can I make my boss stop criticising me?

This cast helps you deal with the situation when your boss finds faults with your work.

This is another cast which follows the theme of 'what we wish we knew when we were 20'. Apart from the robots on the line at car factories, no-one's work is perfect. Part of the reason we have managers is because they have more experience and can guide us to making our work better. For some of us, the criticism isn't delivered constructively and that is hard to deal with. With age and experience, we've learned the hard way how to deal with having our work critiqued. In this cast, we're going to give you a head start, so you don't have to learn the way we did.

We're not covering major deliverable failure here. In this cast, we're just talking about faults with your every day work. If you've missed a major project deadline, or received a below average performance review, this cast isn't for you. If your boss really does criticize undeservedly, then you need our Bad Boss cast. But don't leap to conclusions. Your boss might not be as bad as all that.

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Not just for newbies

I enjoyed this cast.

I think that the justification for accepting criticism is really only role-power, not because the boss has more experience.

Due to the economic downturn in 2001 I found myself re-starting my career at the bottom of the totem pole. My boss was 10 years younger than me. I had once held a similar position that he was in and I had been better at it.  He was a negative, critical, boss.

But all of that doesn't matter. He had role power. I needed to smile and accept it, which I tried to do (not always successfully).

I tried to improve myself, and having somebody else observe you can be a great tool for that, even if he is a terrible boss.

Eventually he quit.  :-)


Respond, don't React

There is a wonderful Zig Ziglar free podcast episode that goes over examining the gap between a stimulus and response

(Zig Ziglar Inspiring Words of Encouragement - look it up on iTunes, and search for the episode Respond vs. React, episode 81)

Also, the  book Crucial Conversations you recommend is a great 'how to' manual of an actionable framework to help break the reaction cycle. 

As always, thank you for all the hard work - you challenge me constantly to become a better person, and a better manager.