Bad Boss? 7 Management Moves to Avoid

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2. The Sacrificial Victim

Challenge: You want to float a controversial idea to the powers that be, but don't want to risk getting publicly shot down.

A lousy manager ... asks an employee to present at the big meeting, calling it a way for her to "gain some visibility." The manager then inserts the controversial proposal into the presentation so that it looks like the employee's idea. If the excrement hits the fan, the employee gets blamed. If not, the manager takes credit.

Better approach: Line up your ducks with the powers that be in one-on-one meetings before bringing the idea to a public forum.