An Opportunity to Build a Bridge
The recollection of embarrassing moments in your life can be an emphatic bridge between you and your I-Boss. He no doubt does a lot of embarrassing things. To be more accurate, things that would embarrass a normal person. He probably has no clue that anything he does warrants embarrassment. He might, however, wonder why people are laughing at him. In my experience, it is far better to be conscious of the fact I’ve embarrassed myself than to not know why people are laughing at me.
In those desperate moments when everyone else is laughing at
your I-Boss, you can rest your hand on his shoulder and say, “Don’t
worry about it, boss. I’ve done a lot of really stupid things in my life,
too.” There is a possibility he’ll take offense to your transparently
double-edged comment. On the other hand, the fact that you are the
only person in the room not laughing at him is bound to increase your
equity to some degree.
Dealing with embarrassment has become part of my recovery from
idiocy. I eventually came to accept that I was never going to completely
stop bad or potentially embarrassing things from happening.
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HOW TO WORK FOR AN IDIOT SURVIVE & THRIVE… WITHOUT KILLING YOUR Boss Cap II: Chapter 3: The Making of an I-Boss (By John Hoover) Part 6