A new book by
Dr. Joanne G. Sujansky, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional)
and Dr. Jan Ferri-Reed
Quiz: Which TV Boss Are You?

Does Michael Scott from The Office make you laugh or cringe? Is Gil Grissom on CSI your friend or foe? Does Miranda Baily from Gray’s Anatomy make your blood boil or cause you to chuckle with delight? Is Colonel Sherman Potter from M*A*S*H someone you admire or abhor? How you feel about your favorite or not-so-favorite TV bosses could say a lot about your own leadership style.

Which of the four TV bosses are you most like? Take this short quiz and find out.

1. When creating a team atmosphere for your staff, you...

A.Take everyone out for beers after hours (or even during hours if the team really needs some bonding time).

B. During a company meeting, tell everyone to stop whining and just get along.

C. Follow whatever teambuilding protocol is outlined in the newest "guru's" book?

D. Assign key people together on projects so they can work toward a common goal and bond.

2. When you need to make a big decision that involves a major change for your staff, you...

A. Decide on a course of action that you know they'll like and embrace even if it contradicts the outlined goals.

B. Analyze the data and do what's best for company, even if it means lower morale for the employees.

C. Come up with a fine balance between what the employees need and what the company demands.

D. Get input from your employees and use their feedback in your decision process.

3. When giving performance feedback to your staff, you…

A. Spend lots of time telling them what they do well and skirt by the areas of improvement.

B. Spend lots of time on their improvement areas and briefly mention some positive areas.

C. Alternate between a positive and negative comment so the employee doesn’t get de-motivated.

D. Mention the positive items and then frame the areas for improvement as goals to focus on during an established period of time.

4. When disciplining a problem employee, you…

A. Ask them nicely to stop doing whatever behavior they’re doing, and then invite them out for a drink.

B. Painstakingly detail every infraction with documented evidence and then methodically outline the course of action for the employee.

C. Tell the employee what he or she did wrong and then tell the employee not to do it again – plain and simple is best.

D. Coach the employee through the problem area in an authoritative yet caring way.

5. When communicating important information to your staff, you...

A. Gather everyone into the conference room where you have drinks and snacks laid out, and then tell them the important news while they’re eating.

B. Call a company-wide meeting, state the information in a matter-of-fact way, and detail your expectations of everyone.

C. Document the information in memo form and then send the information to everyone involved.

D. Do one-on-one or small group meetings with people, explaining the information and how it affects them and their job.

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