Skip to comments.Gorilla Bosses Bring Jungle to the Work
Posted on 10/19/2005 11:28:39 AM PDT by Samwise
Everyone knows them, or knows someone whos had to deal with them: gorilla bosses. The ones who make their way to the top by throwing one elbow too many, scaring colleagues with their violent rages and basking in an often-unearned aura of cockiness.
A boss like that doesnt want to accept feedback, doesnt want to understand other points of view its his or her way or the highway, said Chicago-based science writer David L. Weiner (search), who wrote about the about the "gorilla boss" phenomenon in this years Reality Check: What Your Mind Knows, But Isn't Telling You."
Weiner said gorilla bosses fill the space of the alpha-male primates who bully their way to the leadership of the tribe and rarely care whom they have to trample on their way to the top.
But according to many experts, its the bosses who need psychiatric help, because Testas description of superiors like his as psychopathic is spot-on.
You see the same characteristics with apes and chimps in the brain, Weiner said. But where as humans we grew the frontal cortex (search) to curb our impulses to put someone down, these gorilla bosses have dysfunctional frontal cortexes.
Their findings? Of the 11 personality disorders tested for, three were more likely to be found in the executives than in the institutionalized criminals, including histrionic and compulsive personality disorders and narcissism.
At the same time, the executives lacked many other personality disorders that may be easier to spot and might cut short their careers.
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The article has several Horrible Boss stories.
Get back to work!
"gorillas", "apes", "chimps".....is it really necessary to use these terms in describing how people get promoted these days? No, that would be reprehensible.
Why don't we just stick with the term "affirmative action"?
Thats pretty crappy advice. A gorillla boss, or what in a category what I call a "crappy boss", will always blame you even when its his or her fault when it suits them. My advice to move on.
I once worked for a guy who said that eating lunch was a sign of weakness. I quit after 6 weeks, and when i quit, he actually told me i cannot quit, because he was firing me!!!!!!! Just like the old comedy routine!!!!! we argued over weather I quit or was fired
DId anyone else notice the name of the guy who coined the term "Gorilla Boss" is D. Weiner?
If the boss has sound proofed his office, then no one can hear his screams for help when you quietly threaten to shoot his nuts off if he goes off on you again.
If you can, move on as soon as possible. Don't do what this HR bunny says, because one will get screwed in the end.
Fixing the problem and fixing the blame
Are for me one and the same
Why admit anything's my fault?
As owner, nothing is, by default.
If my project festers and it dies
I don't have to admit others know more than I
If I get it wrong and make errors galore
I can compound them with even more.
If I yell and insult and tear others apart
Who will dare say that I'm without a heart?
I am king, ruler, master of my domain
And I won't be contradicted or called insane.
But with all my power, I know deep down
People think I'm a joke, a bastard, a clown
They know arrogance covers inadequacy
And I know they all laugh at me.
But my course is set, I must go on
Do my impersonation of being strong
My facsimile of being prudent and wise
Even if it means that all hope dies.
I will fix the problem by fixing the blame
And show no sign of feeling ashamed
For as long as I am owner, by default
Nothing will ever be my fault.
I am in management, but my profession is littered with scoundrels and fools.
Hmmm... I see. And here I thought these guys were just a-holes.
"we argued over weather I quit or was fired"
Who won the argument?
Always wondered about those sore elbows of mine?
I'm with you. My advice is to declare war on these fools silently, and try to get them before they get you. In the meantime, keep an eye out for opportunities to get far away from them, either within your company or elsewhere.
This isn't news to anyone who's been in the workforce for more than a week.
The proper action is to justify his/her paranoia and hurt them while you can. It is just plain wrong to let someone cause pain and not get some back. Old Testament versus New Testament if you will.
You must work for the same company I used to work for. ;^)
That happened to me, too.
What style of martial arts do you teach?
LOL, the work place is war, just a different type of combat, sometimes you just have to fight those battles.
If one is in a dead end job, get those feet to walking. OTOH, if one can produce proven results and profits for the company, one can somewhat impose their will for changes.
Company I am now retired from, I quit twice and was fired three times. Brought or came back each time, those 20% annual raises over the years did a lot to ease things, and pains.
To me, a boss must first have self-respect. Through this, he'll earn the respect of those in his/her charge. So many 'Bully' bosses just have no respect for themselves. This is why they lie and cheat....it makes them feel like crap but, they hate themselves anyway so they feel they deserve the negative feelings. In short, insecure bosses fear their subordinates, then they those such things that create what they fear. It's a self fulfilling prophecy.
In my opinion, 70% of bosses at big corporations are probably in way over their head.....working up the political ladder rather then becoming experts in their field.
In his mind, he did............ but I left within minutes of the so called discussion