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Is Obedience to Your Boss Always the Right Way

 

Professionals / executives are confronted with the question ‘should I always agree or should I differ with my boss’ in their initial years of working life. What happens if I differ? Will I lose my job? My promotion? My increment? Get a poor appraisal rating? Get into the bad books of the boss? Be red flagged? My competitor (colleague) will overtake me?  Lose opportunities for progression?

Obedience as an expected trait is giving way to enterprise, innovation, participation, challenge. In sync with this evolution, the old ways of being always on the right side of your boss may prove counterproductive in the long run. Desirability or otherwise of such practice is a function of the background, traits, goals and the affective elements of both

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A management consultant and trainer with three decades plus experience in consulting, training and management education. Experience encompasses infrastructure, utility and energy sector, investment planning and feasibility, transformation, e-governance, strategic planning, assignments funded by the UN, World bank, EU, OECF, training assignments on reforms for government officers, business development, contract management and program management.

Led a two year post graduate infrastructure management (MBA) program for engineers.

A graduate electrical engineer and Fellow in Management from IIMB. Independently provides coaching / academic support to management students on projects, assignments, dissertations. He was honorary director for management studies and advisor to an educational group.