Often you come to the office in a corporate world to earn. To make a career. To have a good job. To become rich. To enjoy a good life, because you work so hard. Just like Steven.
Every day he dressed elegantly in a Zegna tailor-made jacket, Hugo Boss shirt and the newest model of Rolex – “GMT Master II”. He thought he had it all. A nice apartment in Switzerland, along the coast of the Zurich lake. A luxury car. A stable job in a bank. And a boss he hated.
Maybe you also complain about your boss, be it during a break for a cigarette, after-work drinks with your colleagues or making a phone call to your best friend in the toilet.
When you enter “toxic boss” in google you’ll find a sea of books on how to deal with such a person. I guess you also had at least one boss in your life that you were not happy with.
Today’s bosses are like Lord Vader, a black shadow figure giving orders. You wanted to leave at five o’clock sharp to make it home for dinner with your family? No way. Your boss orders you to stay and finish up an urgent report for him.
THE FORCE IS WITH HIM, AFTER ALL.
Steven worked extra hours. He thought he would please his boss and gain even more. What exactly? More money? A better reputation of an employee you can always count on to stay overtime?
WHO, ULTIMATELY, IS THE FORCE WITH?
The truth is, you cannot change the behavior of your boss, his personality, that he sucks being a leader or that he is not good at managing people. You cannot change someone else or external situations.
You can only change yourself. What you can do – is that you can choose your boss or your workplace. Yes. We always have a choice. The force is always with you.
The force is the power of choice. The power to say “no” to a job you don’t like. The power to go your own way and decide for yourself.
Steven used to say: “Yeah, sure, I would have to find a new job and it is not so easy”. Have you ever thought why you’re making yourself such a victim? Why you bear mobbing or another mistreatment in the workplace? Staying overtime for mediocre pay? Trying to work hard despite the crazy boss around?
It looks like Lord Vader took your force away 🙂 If you’re holding on to your own complaining policy (don’t mistake with compliance policy), then you have a problem. You are afraid to make a choice and use your force.
You are afraid to be the boss of your life.
Is the force with you? Or not yet?