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12th September 2022
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The Best Manager I Ever Had

12th September 2022

You don’t have to like someone for them to be *exactly* what/who you need in your career.

When I first started my recruitment career, there was this one senior director that *everyone* was scared of.

He was intense.

He had a piercing stare that seemed to go through you, and had a habit of making you question your very existence after he’s done with you.

Everyone was on edge when he came to the office – his visits were dreaded.

He had no room for losers, only winners.  He was feared and respected in equal measure.

Worryingly, he seemed to take a shine to me. Maybe he liked my work ethic and rebellious streak.

It didn’t last long though.  Six months into the job we were in a team meeting and he went for me.

Big time.

I made a joke about his age and he took it badly. VERY badly.

I was 23. My young-man ego didn’t back down…I remember the words leaving my mouth without me even thinking:

“Really? You think *I’m* rude?? You’re the rudest person in the company and everyone knows it!”.

There was pin drop silence.

I’d never seen so many grown men and women look so scared.

I can’t remember what happened next exactly, all I know is that my manager was beside himself and didn’t know what to do with me.

I fully expected to get fired… but somehow survived.

My relationship with the director changed after that day and we didn’t speak again for some time.

But, after my manager left, I rang him to say I wanted to show him that he didn’t need a replacement.

He gave me a chance and soon afterwards he was holding my team up as the example he wanted the whole country to follow – we’d come full circle.

However, I still didn’t like him.

But he gave me a chance when others wouldn’t have and I respected him for that.

He was very much the opposite of a modern-day manager, but his standards were exacting and he was bloody good at what he did.

And he got results, launching many successful careers.

He was, without a doubt, the best manager I ever had.

A pain in the arse is sometimes exactly who/what we need to get up from ours and achieve previously unthinkable results.

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