Bring Me {Problems,Solutions} Bosses

Pointy Haired Boss

Some bosses want you to bring them problems. They like to unscramble Rubik's cubes and are happy to work through it with you. Sure it's great if you have a proposal or recommendation, but be prepared to show your homework.

Other bosses want you to bring them solutions. If you bring them a problem, you'll get annoyance and "what do you want me to do about it?"

Most bosses have exceptions by domain. A common pattern there is the bring-me-problems boss who is also a techie -- they'll want to dig in planning, say, but prefer you to solve messy people conflicts yourself.

I've worked with both and each has their virtues. When you have a new boss, figure out their style and adjust.


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