Surviving the Impossible: My Experience Working for the Worst Boss Ever

How I turned adversity into opportunity working for the worst boss

Luay Rahil
All Things Work

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I used to work for the worst manager in the world.

Before I landed my current job, I worked for what I consider the worst manager in the world. Let me share my story, and you can judge for yourself.

About 20 years ago, I had a manager who was both a micromanager and hands-off at the same time. She called me into her office on my first day, handed me my one-page job description, and then left. When she returned 15 minutes later, she asked, "Did you read your job description?" I replied, "Yes."

She asked me to read it again and disappeared for another 15 minutes. When she slowly walked back into the office, she asked, "Is there anywhere in your job description that you can question my authority?" I said, "No." She replied, "Don't ever do it."

During the rest of the hour, she told me about all the people she had fired. She fired one person for coming in late, another for being too detail-oriented, and another for questioning her authority.

She was proud that she had fired more than 20 people in less than one year. I worked for her for a while before getting another opportunity that helped me…

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Luay Rahil
All Things Work

I write engaging content on business and leadership development.