Dear Roze:
I’m no spring chicken. I’ve been in the working world for over 30 years and have worked for all kinds of bosses. Some have been decent and some far from it, but I’ve always made out ok. I’ve been managing a franchise convenience store for years, but I recently got a new boss who happens to be the son of the man who owns the franchise and quite a few others. To be blunt, this guy is far from being qualified. Before his dad brought him on, I think the only reason he stepped into one of these stores was to buy something. He should be supervising me and the other store managers as much as I should be managing a nuclear power plant. Yep, it makes that
much sense.

The guy is clueless. When he needed to address some issues with another manager, he texted the guy versus talking to him face-to-face. When he took all of us managers to a celebratory dinner, something got under his skin so he abruptly left with no explanation. And we got stuck with the bill he was supposed to take care of. And even though my store has always been the leader in sales, he has started to nitpick at a lot of what I do and don’t do. It appears it’s because he’s gotten cozy with another manager and she has always been jealous of my success.

I’m at a stage in my life where I have zero tolerance for this crap. I’d have no problem with how this guy got his job if he was good at it. Nor would I have a problem with his criticism of my performance if it was warranted.

Talking to his dad is not an option; but the thought of putting up with this guy for another ten years is so depressing, as is the idea of looking for another job. What should I do?

-Working for unqualified but very connected

Dear Working for unqualified but very connected:
Needless to say, you’re in a messy situation. I cannot tell you what you should do, but I strongly suggest you carefully consider the answers to these questions:

  • Is there a possibility your boss will move on sooner than later?
  • Can you ingratiate yourself with your boss by serving as his mentor without making him feel
  • inferior?
  • Do the benefits in staying with the company (e.g., stock options, 401K, or health insurance) outweigh the problems you face with your boss?
  • Are there competing convenience stores that would love to have someone with your experience and high sales numbers?

Whatever path you take, I wish you the very best!

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