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Riveting Exchanges: How To Manage The Four Passive-Aggressive Boss Personalities

This week on The WAM Podcast's edition of "Riveting Exchanges," hosts, Andrea Olson and Desiree Grace, continue with their "Bad Boss" discussion. The ladies look at the four different types of "weak" personalities. Here, you'll meet the four archetypal passive-aggressive bosses: Indecisive Ike, Steady Eddie, Insecure Ida, and Absentee Al.

Indecisive Ike is the indecisive enemy of change, the classic “paralysis by analysis” boss. Steady Eddie is the type of boss that is downright resistant to change. Insecure Ida has low self-esteem and needs constant affirmation, and Absentee Al is barely present, rarely responding to his employees' needs.

These characteristics in a boss can be phenomenally frustrating, especially when you as an employee are trying to progress and implement change within your company. If you're facing one or more of these bosses, by the end of this episode, you'll have a set of mental, emotional, and practical tips on how to tactfully manage them. With these tools, you may even start to view these "bad bosses" as a positive opportunity for growth.

"Taking action carries a lot more weight than deflecting and complaining." —Andrea Olson

Host, Andrea Olson

Host, Andrea Olson

Andrea Olson, the author of No Disruptions: The New Future For Mid-Market Manufacturing and The Customer Missionis inspiring and educating industrial business leaders on how to transform their approach to marketing, technology, and communications to operate more efficiently and increase profitability. 

Andrea’s 19-year, field-tested background provides unique, applicable approaches to creating leaner, more effective, technology-driven, customer-facing operations. A 4-time ADDY® award-winner, she began her career at a tech startup and led the strategic marketing efforts at two global industrial manufacturers.

Andrea is the CEO of Pragmadik, an Operational Strategy Consultancy, and also a board member of the Midwest Manufacturing Business Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of mid-market manufacturing in the US.

In addition to writing, consulting and coaching, Andrea speaks to leaders and industry organizations around the world on operational strategies to discover new sources of revenues and savings. Contact Andrea to access information on her book, workshops, keynote speeches or consulting.


For more information on Olson's book, workshops, keynote speeches, or consulting, please visit www.pragmadik.comwww.nodisruptions.com,  and  www.thecustomermission.com. Follow Andrea Olson on Twitter @pragmadik

"If you're not a brown-noser, these types of bosses can be exhausting!" —Desiree Grace

Desiree Grace

Host, Desiree Grace

Desiree Grace is Director of Channel Accounts & Programs for Panduit Corporation in Tinley Park, Illinois.  Desiree and her team develop and deploy channel partner strategy and programs in North America.

She previously managed the Utility channel for Eaton North America, as their Vice President, Channel Development and Operations. Prior to this role, she served as Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Anamet Electrical, District Manager, at Panduit Corporation, and Branch Manager at WESCO.

Grace has over 27 years of experience in electrical manufacturing and distribution and has been an active member of NAED for over 10 years. She was the 2017 Trailblazer for NAED’s Women in Industry organization. Grace serves on the Church Council for First Congregational Church and is a volunteer with Dress for Success and Habitat for Humanity.


Connect with Desiree Grace on LinkedIn.