Amazing Lessons Michael Hyatt Learned From Bad Bosses

I concur 100% with this post.  I too have found out most of my leadership from what not to do from leaders who had positional leadership over me.  Here are Michael Hyatt’s thoughts on this.. “have had over twenty bosses in my career. One was great, most were average, and more than a few were downright terrible. Surprisingly, I learned the most from the bad ones.


The problem is that the bad bosses make you so miserable, sometimes you fail to appreciate how much you are learning. While I wouldn’t want to work for those bosses again, I wouldn’t trade what they taught me—even if it was unintentional.

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So here are fifteen semi-random lessons I learned from bad bosses. I want you to have the opportunity to go to school on my experience.

  1. Bosses create an emotional climate with their attitudes and behaviors.
  2. The higher up you are, the more people read into everything you say and do. Stuff gets amplified as it moves downstream.
  3. A word of encouragement can literally make someone’s week. Conversely, a harsh word can ruin it.
  4. Hire the right people then trust them to do their job.
  5. Don’t ever intentionally embarrass people in front of their boss, their peers, or their direct reports.
  6. Get both sides of the story before you take action.
  7. Tell the truth; then you don’t have to remember what you said.
  8. Don’t get stuck in the paralysis of analysis. Pull the trigger.
  9. Don’t do anything you wouldn’t want published on the front page of the paper.
  10. Don’t ever ask your people to do something you are unwilling to do yourself.
  11. Respect other people’s time, especially those under you.
  12. Follow-through on your commitments, even when it is inconvenient or expensive.
  13. Don’t be ambitious to get promoted. Instead, focus on serving and doing a great job.
  14. Be responsive to everyone at every level. You never know who may be your next boss.
  15. Do not complain about your boss to anyone who is not part of the solution. If you can’t keep from complaining, then have the integrity to quit.

The bottom line is this: You can learn from anyone. If you don’t work for a great leader, don’t despair. Some of the lessons that impact you the most will come from the leaders who impressed you the least.

Assume this: you have exactly the leader you need right now to learn what you need to go to the next level.”


You have been playing a game your whole life.  You need to realize how those rules apply to business and life!


Joshua Macias
(Virginia Beach:, 2014)

Children Applications should be speaking to the children and saying the lessons along with what it is teaching them. They are not able to read yet but they have strong linguistic skills, why are we inhibiting their ability to learn and adapt to new things?

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July 25, 2011

I wanted to personally Thank Michael Hyatt for speaking about this in his PodCast a year ago reminding us of the tools he utilizes to keep his platform unique.  Buffer has truly changed the way I look at how I share my content and insure that it makes the impact that I want it to make.  Another High Five for your Michael!

“Stay cool, be water my friend. It can move at amazing speeds and maintain great pressure. Flexibility is to rigid.”

Joshua Macias (Virginia Beach: Joshua Erick Macias, 2013)

Many times in my life I have heard that you need to climb higher in a corporate ladder order to accomplish your goals and objectives.  I believe that you need to build your own ladder and start with yourself on the top.  Instead of seeing the same things other people see you do need to climb higher then others.  But that should not be on the backs of others, instead you are a benefit to others when you stand on the top of the peak and can help them gain insight of their surroundings. Help other people around you grow as you grow, start your own business to help others climb to their own vantage point!

(Joshua Macias; California; Enrepreneur; Technology; Vantage Point)