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How to Avoid Being the Snooze-Inducing Boss

Avoid being a yawn-worthy leader and save yourself from a career nosedive. Ditch the dullness; embrace the extraordinary. Lead with stories, not snores.

Os Ishmael
6 min readFeb 16, 2024

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Man in white shirt yawning.
Nothing worse than having a boss that make you yawn. Photo by Sander Sammy on Unsplash

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I’d say I’m normal when I say I don’t like meetings.

If you do, then you’re well, crazy.

One thing worse than meeting lovers is boring leaders.

You know the ones. Think back to when you’re in a meeting, the room is warm, the clock ticks monotonously, and your boss drones on in a tone so dry, that it rivals the Sahara.

I remember one such meeting where the lead, let’s call him “Bob,” had the charisma of a doorknob.

As Bob’s monotone lecture about quarterly financial forecasts lumbered on, I watched in a mixture of horror and amusement as one colleague, who shall remain nameless, slowly leaned back, his eyes drooping like melting ice cream under the summer sun.

The inevitable happened — a soft snore broke the silence, and we all knew: Bob had struck again.

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Os Ishmael

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