Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

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Q: I've worked for my manager for five years and have watched him transform from atheist to pious Christian. I respect his decision but his personality has altered radically. He's gone from being a witty and relaxed man to a judgmental and serious evangelist. I'm thinking about leaving because of the difficulty of getting along with him (and I'm not the only one), but resent this because I love my job. What should I do?

A: I have every sympathy for you; this is a tricky situation. Just two thoughts occur to me - though neither, I'm afraid, is likely to answer your problem completely. The first requires a change in your own thinking; the second, a change in your manager's.

You must do all you can to avoid making comparisons between the old, relaxed manager and the new, serious one. You continue to love your job, but it's less enjoyable than it was. Imagine that you'd never known your manager in his earlier, friendlier guise and that he'd always been as he is now. Would you still have loved your job? If so, then don't abandon it lightly.

And second: you and your workmates may have hesitated to talk to your manager about his change in behaviour because it might have appeared that you were questioning his new-found faith. …

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