Great topic that I can also relate to!
I have had a strong career and have advanced through the ranks in my industry, but twice in my career, I have had the misfortune of reporting to someone with whom I totally mistrusted. In both of those situations, I was at a loss for how to handle it. I know my feeling at the time was simular to being victimized as a kid (they had all of the power, I had no power) and in both cases I did poorly in defending myself and working with them. In fact, I resigned in both instances, rather than stand up to them.
The other thing that I have found puzzling in business is the inability to drill down to the truth on issues. For those of us who have gone through therapy, we know that there are no positive outcomes if you can not work with truth. I have found myself in more than one uncomfortable situation when someone has asked, "WalkTheWalk,what is you opinion?"
- The pain of our past can have influence in molding a better person than we might have been otherwise.
- Sometimes boys with a thousand nightmares become men with a million blessings.