Have you experienced a good manager/ supervisor in Japan? I hear stories of other foreigners having the same experience of having bad bosses in Japan. What is your experience? This has led me to change jobs every year or so in Japan.
Have you experienced a good manager/ supervisor in Japan?
- Yes, I love my boss!
- Yes, but I felt their leadership skills were lacking
- No, all of my bosses have been bad
- Half/Half- some of my bosses have been good, others bad
I've had a boss that went out of his way to support me and take responsibility over mistakes that his staff made. He did that even when he was opposed to the decisions taken by staff. He wouldn't say, "I told them so," but instead took the position that "their decisions are my responsibility." This was early in my career and I have always used this as a guide for my work. On the other hand, I've had horrible bosses, too. In one pretty major project, after a series of positive steps on a venture under a major publisher, some people from the company decided that they could get on the "new ship." In the jockeying for position, the people from the publishing company decided to turn on me, who was an outsider hired for the venture project. They pushed the top person from the publisher to oust me, because I was earning too much money and that I was exerting too much control over both the editorial and advertising teams. They contacted some of my professional references and tried to uncover "dirt" from my past. The top boss did nothing when I confronted him concerning this harassment, so I quit. Within 2 months of my departure, the project folded because investors got cold feet when learning that 2 others left, too, because of similar harassment. The top boss was forced to resign, not only from the position of the spin-off company, but his directorship at the main company. I've had many other good and bad experiences with management. I'm sure that I've been good and bad as a manager with my own staff. But I always try to be honest, fair, and set a good example with my own work ethic and behavior. And I try to keep a good sense of humor. That, ultimately makes most relationships work, IMHO.
I've had some wonderful supervisors at public school boards and private high schools. What made them wonderful was their patience while I was learning the language and the school environment, their clear communication, and lots of shared laughs.
I’ve voted half/half but i can’t really say I had a good boss in the past. I had bad experiences working in teams (lack of management, in any type of management you could imagine). Some other experiences not involving team work or being less involved in the team were better for me since I was able to manage my job independently. And some others involving a manager weren’t that bad at first but not so great after a while. I feel that I prefer working with female managers because the female managers I’ve worked with were better at communicating and actually managing things xD