Dealing with a hot tempered startup boss

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XSPl81

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Jul 14, 2017 19 Comments

I'm at a small startup now where the CEO is super emotional and hot tempered. If you disagree with him, he'll ignore you for weeks and won't even make eye contact with you. He'll also run up to you on a random day telling you to do XYZ which is a 180 turn from the original direction. In your experience, have bosses like this improved emotionally or is it better to look elsewhere?

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  • Oracle pzd
    Leave as soon as you can. This doesn't improve. Emotional and hot tempered doesn't make a good boss, let alone a small startup CEO.
    Jul 14, 20173
    • Facebook Raichu
      +1. This does not sound like +ve confrontation which is needed sometimes in startup. This sounds like immature response (not meeting eye to eye). Lot less likely to succeed.
      Jul 14, 2017
    • Ally
      Slice01

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      Slice01more
      Had a co founder end up like this - LEAVE. Don't hesitate, don't pass go, burn the $200 and walk - don't waste your time here.
      Jul 14, 2017
    • Lucid Software dungeoneer
      Yeah, definitely bail. I've been where you're at. It doesn't improve.
      Jul 14, 2017
  • Uber support
    if he's not a Steve jobs, Elon musk genius then bounce. either work with people who can work extremely well with others or geniuses who are visionaries. anything else is mediocre at best
    Jul 14, 20172
    • Oracle pzd
      I don't think Elon Musk avoids eye-contact with employees.
      Jul 14, 2017
    • New / Mgmt
      XSPl81

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      Definitely not a Jobs or a Musk. I've been ready to jump ship for a while but have been telling myself things will get better 😐
      Jul 14, 2017
  • New / Mktg
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    In my experience a emotionally unhinged boss will go through cycles of rationality but always end up mired back in their anger.
    It depends on what stage the start up is at. If the other heavy hitters on the team understand his anger, and also see it as a problem, there is a chance he will not last as CEO. But if the team is too small, and doesn't have a counterbalance like a board of directors, or strong and stable C-Suite members, you're best off looking for your first chance to exit.
    Jul 14, 20170
  • Barracuda / EngBig Datum
    Typical of start-ups... individuals with horrible people skills get to manage people..
    Unless you have huge equity or smth - RUN! horrible bosses are the worst thing that can happen to you...
    Jul 14, 20170
  • Databricks blabdhhd
    Nope wont change. Startup will most likely fail. Cut your losses and leave
    Jul 15, 20170
  • Talkdesk / Mgmt(boo)
    No, they don't change. but you can. find a new job!
    Jul 14, 20170
  • Microsoft
    cn12987

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    cn12987more
    Leave.
    Jul 14, 20170
  • New / EngSpicyShiwa
    Find a better job and move there
    Jul 14, 20170
  • Dialpad / Engsquared27
    GTFO
    Jul 14, 20170
  • Amazon aalwaysbb
    DTMFA
    Jul 14, 20170
  • Microsoft FrAC45
    He's the boss, his name and future is on the line you can get up and leave a failure will tar him forever, if you don't understand get a job at an established company
    Jul 15, 20170
  • New / Mgmt
    lani

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    lanimore
    If you believe in the vision of the company now, you won't soon. Fuck being emotionally assaulted at random because baby didn't get his baba. You have to believe in yourself and make moves to gtfo asap. You got this!
    Jul 15, 20170
  • Internet Brands / ProductIbbyliever
    Leave. Now. Do it.
    Jul 15, 20170
  • Microsoft / OtherRangerDngr
    Age range? His/her first start-up? Do you see any major qualities in him/her?
    Jul 14, 20170

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