More than any other aspect of your job, your direct supervisor has the power to make or break you. Research has shown most people that leave their jobs, don’t leave the organization, they leave the person that they directly reported to. If this person is the biggest indicator of how successful you will be in your new work, shouldn’t you know as much as you can about him or her?
- Talk to people within the company.
- Ask detailed questions during the interview. (What type of person do you like to work with? Describe a time when you had to discipline one of your staff. If I talked to your staff, what would they tell me about you?)
- Do research online before showing up.
U.S. ranks second highest in child poverty in the 35 most developed countries. Read the statistics here. Of course, countries like Finland, Netherlands, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, etc. rank the lowest. When are we going to learn from these countries and successfully implement expanded welfare and social programs? Frustration.