You are in charge of your company's recruiting program. Susan is a bright college senior you have been interviewing for a role. For the past few weeks, Susan's parents have been writing and calling you almost daily, pressuring you to hire her when she graduates later this month. (Think this doesn't happen? Here's what the Boston Business Journal had to say about "helicopter parents.") You are tired of the hassle, and wondering if Susan can cut it on her own.
What do you do? How does this parental behavior affect your decision about Susan? How do you get her parents off her back (assuming that's what you want)?
Here's the problem: he never practices what he preaches. Not once has he given you any sort of praise or recognition. He is great at recognizing when you blow it, and making certain you and all those around you know how displeased he is. But your department has been turning in great results for the last four months and he hasn't said a thing. Not a single "good job," or "your team is really making it happen," or "thanks." Not one.
You love this job, and you are deeply committed to energizing and engaging all the people you work with. You don't want to leave, but you can't stay if you never get any positive strokes from your boss. After all, you are human, too.
"I had a boss who was renowned for being late, he never even apologised or entered the room in a rush - just sauntering in as if there was no problem. It left us feeling that he didn't care, that our time was not precious, that it was OK to be late."
It's the third Monday in your new job. You current employer, Acme Training, hired you to open up a new office in Albuquerque - your home town. Your job is to get the branch profitable by the end of the year.