How to talk to an intimidating boss

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During a 20-year career in professional baseball management, Skip served as CEO for five different franchises.

Following my presentation, which I thought I did pretty well considering my extreme nervousness, our principal owner said, “Well, Skip, that’s a great idea, but, we don’t do it that way in Nashville (the home office and city that launched this group’s first baseball team).” That statement meant I wouldn’t be doing it in my city, either. I felt judged and demeaned in front of my bosses and peers.

I felt like I was speaking to a younger version of myself.

As a young executive in professional baseball, I often felt this way.

Likewise, if we go into a conversation with someone by whom we feel intimidated just because of their position, believing we are superior to them at something, automatically raises us to a peer level. Even with their level of education and college degree on the wall, they don’t have the expertise you have in your field.

Therefore, this makes you superior to them in this area and a peer of them in your organization. Skip Weisman, The Leadership & Workplace Communication Expert, works with small business owners to help them lead their employees from drama & defensiveness to ownership & initiative.

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