The Tale of the Terrible Boss: For Dreamers, Doers and Overachievers

Warning: this article may cause some discomfort. It caused me great discomfort to write. Read it anyway.

We’ve all had a bad boss (er, maybe a few). And let’s be clear, “bad” can take many forms- unorganized, well-intended but directionless, one who takes credit for others’ work, one who lacks critical leadership qualities like vision and passion, etc. Those types of bosses are irritating, maddening even. But with the support of co-workers and love for your job (hopefully), you push on through, requiring nothing more than monthly vent sessions over drinks. But sometimes we find ourselves under the guidance of those who push the boundaries of what is ethical, acceptable, professional or healthy. Most of us who have experienced these conditions start looking for something else, anything else, immediately. I worked for this particular type of individual for eleven years.

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Gianna Biscontini
5 Ways to (Sanely) Lose a Leader

This situation is a difficult one to navigate. After all, adjusting to your workplace, colleagues and boss has taken some time. Starting it all over again sounds a little exhausting, and you are feeling the stress of the unknown. Do you start the search for new opportunities yourself? Do you position yourself to be promoted into your boss’s role? What will happen if you remain? If you go? This stressful scenario requires some savvy moves. Below, I explore some effective ways to cope with the resignation of a loved leader.

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Gianna Biscontini
Meditation, Yoga and Behavior Science: Some Sarcasm and Science on "Behavioral Xanax"

“How can we expand our lens and use these practices to serve others?” After all, there’s a reason yoga and meditation have become a growing trend- the reinforcement system is off the hook (is that how the kids say it?). My rigorous N=1 study (that’s me) has confirmed and replicated the same findings several times each week: yoga and meditation are critical to our stress response, focus and overall sense of wellbeing. But we are still, at our core, scientists. We must not dare rely on the millions of people trekking to yoga and meditation studios in the rain and snow to get a dose of automatic reinforcement (or is it escape-maintained?). Just kidding. Yes we can. But wouldn’t it be great to have the data, operational definitions, a conceptually systematic approach anyway?

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Gianna Biscontini