Sure Ways to Charge Your Smartphone Quicker

 

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You’re about to head out the door, but your phone desperately needs some extra juice before you leave. Thankfully, you can charge your phone faster … if you can separate truth from myth. If you remember your high school physics, electricity is measured in watts, which is a product of voltage (in the number of volts) and current (in the number of amps). Some chargers supply more voltage or amperage than others, meaning they will charge your phone faster (as long as your phone supports it — it will draw only as much power as it knows it can handle). Here are some guidelines to follow to charge your phone as fast as possible.

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Plug Into the Wall, Not a PC

Your laptop may be close by, but if you want to charge your phone as fast as possible, you’ll want to plug it into a wall outlet. The USB ports on your PC will charge your phone but may be rated for only 0.5 amps, compared to the one-amp (or higher) charger that came with your phone. So go find that charging brick and plug your phone into a wall outlet instead.

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Use a High-Amperage Charger

Not all chargers are created equal, either. For example, iPhones come with Apple’s small five-volt/one-amp power bricks, while iPads come with larger five-volt/2.4-amp bricks (though some older ones are five-volt/2.1-amp). If you plug that iPad charger into an iPhone, however, it will draw more power — provided it’s a relatively modern iPhone. Some older iPhones may not be able to use more than one amp, while others (like the iPhone 6) will pull around 1.6 amps from that iPad charger. Your phone will pull only as much current as it knows it can handle, so you don’t need to worry about damaging your phone as long as you use a quality charger from a trusted brand. That also means that the amount of time you save depends on your phone, its battery size and how much power it can draw.

Use a Compatible Fast Charger

Here’s where things get really confusing. You can get even more juice by using a special “fast charger” that increases the amperage and the voltage … if your phone supports it. There are a few different fast-charging standards, however, and not every phone will charge quickly with every fast charger out there. Many phones use Qualcomm’s Quick Charge standard or some rebranded variant of it. And in those cases, the chargers are interchangeable.

Skip wireless charging

Wireless charging, while convenient, hasn’t reached the same heights as the latest wired chargers. Even “Fast Charge” wireless chargers, which charge more rapidly than standard wireless chargers, will take significantly longer to charge your device than a high-amperage charger like the iPad’s. For lounging around the house or even at the office during the day, wireless charging is great — but if you need power quickly, skip the pad and plug your phone in.

Don’t Worry About Switching Your Phone Off (or to Airplane Mode)

You may have heard that your phone will charge faster if you turn it off or put it in airplane mode. This seems logical: After all, if your phone is using less battery, then it will charge faster, right? In practice, though, this usually doesn’t make a big enough difference to be worth it. So even if it does charge your phone faster, it won’t save you nearly as much time as any of the above methods will provide, and it’s probably not worth the inconvenience of keeping your phone off for all that time.

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#TwitterThread Top 14 Ways to build a strong team by @adetolaov

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I once heard a tech investor say, “I don’t invest in great ideas. I invest in great people and strong teams.” E.g. Twitter, the app, launched basically on the strength of the team. Apparently many people didn’t believe the idea would fly. The rest today is history.

Why does a strong team matter? Because “great things in business are never done by one person. They are done by a team of people” (Steve Jobs). It’s the easiest way to cover personal weaknesses of team members + a diverse team means several point of views, which any team needs.

To succeed at building any idea/business, you will need a good team. Here are thoughts about putting together a team that won’t destroy you or your idea/business.

1. Follow your convictions not your emotions:

That deepest instinct is usually always right. If a relation/friend is not qualified for the role, don’t take the person on your team. Most split in partnerships are caused by people hired based on sentiments.

2. The 3 Cs about picking team members: Character, Competence and Chemistry.

Character is the quality of the person’s personality. Competence is the ability to do the work. Chemistry is the connection you feel with the person. If there is character and competence, but no chemistry, the team will break up after a short while. Chemistry helps reduce team friction. Without chemistry, there will be so many unnecessary disagreements in the team, and that’s bad for productivity.

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3. Have a legal agreement that binds each member of the team:

This may be a “work contract”, “partnership agreement” or “shareholders agreement”, depending on the type of team. Let the terms be as clear as possible. Also get a professional to look at it.

4. Don’t sell yourself short:

Negotiate terms with each member of the team. Many are too bound by poverty that they don’t see any value in themselves, and so take anything offered to them. If you don’t negotiate properly, you will believe you got a bad deal and hold resentment.

5. Once you start seeing a measure of wealth, take care of everyone who helped you build wealth.

Everyone should feel like they are growing together. Don’t let the people that work with you curse you for not spreading wealth. Let them know their welfare is your priority.

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6. Don’t take liberties before it is due.

Don’t let little increase get to your head. Only take liberties when you can give away multiples of what you want and it won’t affect your Base. Never spend your capital. The work will stall and your team will resent you for it.

7. Never demonize labour:

Have a system that rewards hardwork and productivity and let people know that the only way to rise is by being valuable to the vision of the team. Also, provide some comfort for those teams that have to slave for the business to thrive.

8. Never delay a decision to fire someone:

A bad fruit only spoils the only harvest the longer it stays. The decision may be tough, but explain to the team and the person and make the decision honourably and promptly. Don’t owe the fired person any entitlements either.

9. Resolve conflicts/misunderstandings quickly:

If there’s any conflict or misunderstanding with a member of the team, get ahead of it quickly. Misunderstandings/conflict not quickly resolved only destroy a team.

10. Don’t give undue advantages to anyone:

Create a level playing field. No preference for friends, family and even good-looking people (aka beauty privilege). Same rewards and penalties evenly to all.

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11. Lead your team by example:

Don’t be harder on anyone than you are on yourself. Let no one show any higher commitment than you show. That will build their loyalty.

12. Be loyal to your team members:

Defend them in their presence and absence. Don’t let anyone tell tales and gossip. Let the accuser confront the accused. That way no one will think of buying favours through gossip. This will also buy you loyalty.

13. Be honest with the team:

Don’t lie about the state of finances or any issue that’s critical to the company.

14. Have an information flow system:

Let team members have access to vital information that matter to them. e.g. tasks, benefits, procedures etc For confidential information, ensure there is no leakage & information flows on a need-to-know basis.

Lead your team in the integrity of your heart, and they will see your sincerity. Deal with rebellion immediately. Don’t be scared to let people go, the team is more important than one individual. In this life, never follow sentiments – you will lose life & money.

CREDIT: Tola Onayemi is an International Lawyer and Investor helping countries and companies grow. He is passionate about Africa, Economics Policy, Trade and Tech.

 

 

Five Questions for your Oga At The Top (Boss)

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This is not funny. And it is not about the NSCDC.

It’s about your work and how fast you’ll climb up the corporate ladder with your boss’ help.

Maybe all your life as a worker, you’ve never had the cause to tell your boss some things that matter to you. Or you’ve always played hero, doing all the work on your own, never asking for help even when you need it.

But more of work is social than functional. About getting people know what you do and like you for it. One of the people you’ll want to see you in good light is your boss; and whether he is a screaming genie or everybody’s friend, you need to find out some things about yourself from him to help you fast track your progress.

Not that all of your life depends on it but because it’s one of those subtle things that count in your career.

These questions will set the pace for your work as a new employee and if you are an old employee, they might just change your perspective (and your boss’) on so many things about your job.

1.How can I help you? Ok. That’s something you’d rather not let slip off your tongue. You already have too much on your hands, your boss probably always passes on tough work and asking him this question just gives him the freedom to make your life miserable.

But the truth is, whether or not you have a terrible boss, you are better off knowing what your boss’s vision for the team is and how you can contribute to its reality.

You can always find ways to get your freedom at work but you also need to show you care about your boss, and by extension, the team.

 

2. How can I get better at this? Your boss may not know jack about your work but you can learn from his experience with the team so far, get insights into and ideas about your work and perhaps get on his better side.

Asking your boss this question doesn’t show you are incompetent or too dependent but that you respect his opinion about your work.

 

3. How am I doing?  There’s always room for improvement, and because you want to get better at what you do, you need to get as much feedback as possible; hearing from your boss is a good thing.

First, your boss serves as your quasi-mentor, helps you track your progress and you can also glean into information about your behavioural performance at work.

Plus the added benefit of avoiding a career rut.

 

4. What’s your preferred mode of communication with this team?

Not all bosses like to communicate with their team members face-to-face and it also depends on the circumstances surrounding such meetings.

Know what works best with your boss; would he prefer an in-person meeting on less busy days or when there’s an immediate need. Find out how often he’d like you to give him updates about your work and what mode of communication would be most suitable to convey your message.

 

5. How often can I ask for feedback? Agreed, your boss likes you and leaves his door open to you whenever you have anything to say but you should save yourself any misunderstanding by finding out when it is most convenient to meet with your boss.

 

Everyone operating a business successfully in Nigeria deserves a medal for bravery by @kola_aina

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Everyone operating a business successfully in Nigeria today deserves a medal for bravery. 🏅

It’s takes guts, resilience and lots of redundancy to survive, talk less of capture what truly is an opportunity for outsized value.

I have plenty examples of the bravery of the Nigerian or even “Expat in Nigeria” entrepreneur but the one I just witnessed takes the cake.

I took kids out for lunch at an American styled fast food joint. Shortly after we arrived and placed our orders, we noticed that the smoke from the open kitchen is filling the dinning area. As we complained, we noticed a power outage.

Outages are perfectly normal here so unflinching we continue to wait for our meal, while the waiter explained that the equipment to replace the broken expeller is awaiting clearance at the ports.

Shortly after manager shows up to apologize and moved us upstairs away from the smoke filled lower floor. We obliged. There is still no power. It appears their two backup generators have developed faults.

In the darkness our food arrives and we proceed to wash our hands at the bathrooms. Sadly there is no running water; because there is no power to pump the water from the borehole or something.

At this point I shook my head in disbelief for the hoops we must jump through to build businesses here and at the resilience of the Nigerian entrepreneur!

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This is why I would support any efforts at reform no matter how meager the entrepreneurship space receives from any government in Nigeria. We need all the help we can get with power, taxes, imports, suites, you name it.

And for the life of me, I cannot understand people who’s only response to reform the consider insufficient cynicism. We will take what we can get, while we push for more.

In the interim. Please take your medal dear  You are a hero! 🏅🏅🏅

How Online Service Delivery is Bringing Convenience to Nigerian Homes – Adeniyi Ogunfowoke

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Nigerians who order items online don’t do so because they cannot visit the market or offline stores, they do so for its convenience. This is one of the unique impacts online service delivery is having on Nigerian homes.

Compare this to the past when you have to brave the Lagos traffic-if you are in the centre of excellence-to go to the market, haggle about prices added to the stress of transporting your items home. Now, you can sit anywhere in the country and with your mobile phone, you can order any item that would be delivered to your home. It is easy and seamless.

Hence, it should not come as a surprise that McKinsey estimated ecommerce spending in Nigeria at $12 billion and projected it to reach $75 billion in revenues per annum by 2025. Interesting!

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While harping on the convenience online service delivery and ecommerce have introduced our lives as Nigerians, we must not forget to recognise the role played by Jumia, Nigeria’s No.1 shopping destination in making Nigerians believe that they can order and perform transactions online.

How has online service delivery promoted convenience?

The salubrious thing about buying or purchasing items online is that you do not need to belabour yourself about going to a store or market. So how has online service delivery promoted convenience?

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Hospitality Industry

For the hospitality industry, Jumia’s hotel and flight services has developed a solid platform for Nigerians to book their packages, flight and hotels. In fact, the platform just recently launched a flight marketplace-which is the first in Africa, to enable their teeming customers to get the best available price in the flight market. It was discovered that the flight market in Africa is basically offline. So, wherever you are in the country, Jumia has over 9,000 hotels for you to book ensuring that you are not stranded. The keyword here is the convenience. You do not need to start searching for a hotel in the middle of nowhere to book a hotel room. We all know it is risky.

Meanwhile. you can also order food online if you are not open to cooking or visiting the restaurant. Again, Jumia’s food services got you covered. You can order food in any of your favourite restaurants and it is delivered to either your home, office or wherever you are with the speed of light.

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Transport industry

When you visit a cinema or a place of interest, you see taxi drivers calling to pick them. Within minutes you stepped out, a clean-looking Toyota corolla car is parked in front of you and you majestically walk-in. The taxi-driver is filled with contempt. This is how Uber and Taxify are disrupting the transport industry.

The convenience of using online service delivery is not only restricted to the industries highlighted above. It has had an impact on others like agriculture and health etc.

Mobilising Nigeria’s Tech Space For Economic Growth

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The price of crude oil has been crashing after years of successive boom. Nigeria as an oil producing and a dependent nation has immensely benefitted from this oil explosion since its discovery in Oloibiri in 1956. Reports showed that Nigeria earned N77.348 trillion from the oil and gas industry from 1999 to 2016.

For oil, the country abandoned and abdicated agriculture as soon as sweet crude was discovered. Even when agriculture monies were used to build the cocoa house in West, the groundnut pyramids in North and the large expanse of oil palm in the East; every exited the farm for oil fields. As at now, only scraps of the agricultural investments are left.

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Fast forward to the present day, oil is no longer the bride that once behold everyone. As expected revenue is thinning. The government has resulted in borrowing to finance its project. Recently, Nigeria got $328 million loan from China to boost the ICT Sector and it is appealing to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund for assistance.

At the same time, the government is looking to diversify the economy in order to move it from a mono-economy reliant on oil to a multi-economy.

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One of the sectors it is massively pursuing is technology. The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has made it his top agenda to use technology to drive economic growth.

Interestingly, before the government recognised technology as a goldmine, young Nigerians are already pushing the frontiers of technology. These Nigerians are utilising fintech, healthtech, foodtech, propertytech, traveltech, ecommerce and socialtech among others, to tackle social problems and provide much-needed employment.

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In this case, Jumia has provided jobs for thousands of Nigerians and at the same time empowered millions more. This is possible because Jumia has over the past six years been able to move from just been a retail store to an ecosystem where you can buy anything and perform any transaction. You can now order food, book hotels and flight, buy groceries as well as make payments. The aim is to keep the customer within the ecosystem and of course, Jumia is clearly achieving this aim.

These creative solutions have attracted million dollar investments from venture capitalists. For example, Fintech startup, Paga, raised $10 million from Global Innovation Partners et al for global expansion.

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Also, we have seen the impact of technology in Agriculture. Presently, digital farming pioneered by the likes of Farmcrowdy, Thrive Agric and Crop2Cash provide more insights and information to enable farmers to make informed decisions.

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The tech space needs to be properly and effectively harnessed so that it can lead economic growth. One of the first things Nigeria must do is to come up with a framework or policy to back up the technology industry. The reason for this is to ensure there is continuity so that the next administration won’t sideline the painstaking efforts of the government. This legal policy will help create an enabling environment for the tech space to thrive and survive. It will also bridge the gap between decision-makers and ICT practitioners.

Furthermore, there is the need to promote local and international collaboration among the tech startups in the country. This collaboration can be in the form of technical support and data exchange. This will ensure that startups have a longer lifespan and actually help Nigeria.

Importantly, innovation is key to the survival of the tech space. Tech companies have to continually innovate to remain relevant. This can be done through tech and innovation hubs where startups can discuss the latest trends in the tech space.

26-Year-Old Nigerian Silas Adekunle Is World’s Highest Paid Robotics Engineer

Meet 26-year-old Nigeria entrepreneur Silas Adekunle, who is currently the highest paid robotics engineer in the world!

After graduating from the University of the West of England, he founded Reach Robotics in 2013, a company which aims to infuse gaming and augmented reality to perform functions.

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He gained experience on robotics within a space of 4 years and also became a team leader of Robotics In Schoolsprogramme, a programme which encourages and pays attention to students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). It was during his involvement in the programme that he thought of developing robotics to make education more entertaining for STEM students.

In 2017, Mekamon, the world’s first gaming robot was born. A part of its unique feature is the ability to customize the gaming bot to perform personalized functions. His initial launch of Mekamon sold 500 bots, generating $7.5 million.

According to the report, Adekunle has received support from organizations including London Venture Partners. Reach Robotics has also signed a deal with Apple securing exclusive sales in its stores. He was also listed in the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe: Technology.

Adekunle, described as the smartest robotics engineer in the world, says the secrets to his success are: balance, sharing ideas, time management and being true to yourself.

Five Exciting Things You Can Do With a Virtual Reality Headset

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While virtual reality might seem like a recent technology, that’s far from the truth because we’ve had bits and pieces of it before. Since the 1960s we have seen prototypes of immersive stereoscopic videos, motion-tracking headsets and interactive Google Street View-like experiences. The fact is that it is only in recent years that the technology has matured and been made available for the public. Do you often think of things to do with a VR headset? Are there experiences you wish you could do that you think are impossible? It’ll surprise you to hear what you can do with a VR headset.

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1.Feel Free Like a Bird

Humans have always been inspired by the flying of birds as is evident in many inventions. It’s only natural that it should be one of the things to do with a VR headset. Unlike other inventions, with the VR headset, you are the one doing the flying.

2. Exploring Places

With a VR headset, you can have the experience of your favourite destination right in your bedroom.

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3. Artwork in 3D

Creating art with the Tilt Brush is definitely one of the things to do with a VR headset. The 3D effect of the strokes is mind-blowing.  You can go around your work and have some of the paintings suspended in mid-air. The kind of images you can make is limitless. They range from abstract to representational and realistic. Even if you can’t paint, you’ll still be able to use the brush as a spray can.

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4. Dining at a Choice Place

Being able to eat wherever you choose is amazing. This is not limited to restaurants alone, but even open space, in the air, or surrounded by animals. Sony is presently working on this VR experience.

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5. Better Blueprints for Architects

Deciding your house design is another thing to do with a VR headset. Arch Virtual creates VR apps for architectural companies. This app doesn’t have a pre-built house for you to look at but open spaces. With computer models as the digital blueprints, Arch Virtual creates a three-dimensional animation of the interior. Once in the Oculus Rift D2K, you can examine every part of the building.

Nigeria: Shattering Ceilings in the Millennial Era – the Story of Genevieve and Netflix

 

Movie lovers have watched her, followed her, earnestly and enthusiastically waiting to find out what she was up to. Fashion lovers felt her absence at the African Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCA). She was at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Canada promoting the film, gearing it up for the international market.

When the trailer was released, those who cared had watched it on YouTube and thirsted for the entire film. A few weeks ago, Genevieve Nnaji trended on social media and for good cause. In this millennial era of firsts, Nnaji’s film Lionheart was announced to have been purchased of American streaming giant- Netflix only hours after it premiered at TIFF.

This film by the screen goddess- which is also her directorial debut since her almost two decades in the movie industry- will be the first original Netflix film to come out of Nigeria.

The film is a modern-day Nigerian drama that tells the story of a young Nigerian woman. Adaeze (Nnaji) who has to step into her father’s shoes due to his weak health and run his company in a male-dominated industry. Through topsy-turvy situations and with a little help from her uncle. Godswill (Nkem Owoh- Osofia in London) whom her father hands his seat on the board to she navigates her way through a hostile business system that is not very accommodating to women.

The movie itself is fresh and comes with a new “no-nuisance” approach to feminism in Nigeria and the world which is just what is needed right now amid all the noise.

“I am a proud feminist who embraces her femininity. I feel sometimes women are made to feel self-conscious and ashamed of their womanhood. Perhaps like Wonder Woman we may wake up one day to discover that is our superpower, and then we would be unstoppable,” Nnaji had said to Women and Hollywood ( W & H) during an interview in Toronto shortly before it premiered.

To the “Feminist Group of Nigeria,” it was more than a mere statement as they cheered on Twitter to their latest official celebrity addition to the fold. It was a formal affirmation to the world that she believes men and women are equal. In a time when loads of Nollywood films have themes that aim at stifling women and women’s right to life, Nnaji has picked a side. It has become important that a woman as influential as Nnaji should not be oblivious of her celebrity and the influence thereof and Nnaji words during her interview with W&H is a recognition of that.

At the premiere of her film, she comes prepared looking like Yasammez- a female army commander in Tad Williams novel Shadowmarch- in a smashing red pantsuit; signifying the girl power theme that the movie portrays. Lionheart also features film legends like; Pete Edochie (Things Fall Apart), Onyeka Onwenu (Half of a Yellow Sun) and many other heavyweight actors.

In an interview with CNN’s Richard Quest, Nnaji reveals that the movie which was produced by her production company- The Entertainment Network (TEN) was also self-funded by her due to limited movie investors in Nigeria.

“We don’t have adequate funding for movies that we intend to go global,” she told Quest.

She also adds that she has since “realised that language is the only barrier we have. We can all identify with culture, our stories are very similar.” Nnaji has for long believed in the promise that Nollywood holds for everyone with potential. In an interview with OAP Olisa Adibua long before this film in 2014, Nnaji spoke about her belief of bringing a “Hollywood” to Nigeria.

“I am passionate about building a Hollywood here called Nollywood. I am passionate about building a successful industry in Nigeria.”

Now, four years later, Nnaji has gone on to bring Netflix to Nigeria with Lionheart.

It should be noted that Genevieve Nnaji’s success does not hit us as a surprise. Since after her AMVCA winning film, Road to Yesterday (which is also available for streaming on Netflix), it was only a matter of time for Netflix to take note of the thirty-nine (39) year-old powerhouse of talent.

7 Solid Tips for Surviving a Horrible Boss

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In your entire career, you are bound to meet at least one bad boss or one who’s not so good for you. Horrible bosses are everywhere – from the boss who annoyingly micromanages your work to the boss who yells at you whenever he wants. More like a hobby. At some point, your positive attitude doesn’t make any difference. You know you love your job and you are pretty good at it but you are gradually breaking under the undue pressure and emotional torture your boss causes.

A safe getaway could be to wear your job-hunting shoes and start looking out for  a better place, but as it turns out, this is a job change mistake most people in this situation make.

Here are 7 ways to survive this nightmare and perhaps give you a chance to leave the job gracefully at a more appropriate time.

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1. Your boss is horrible… or you are just as bad : Pick out the culprit. Not all bosses derive pleasure in making your life miserable, sometimes you are not just doing things right and it gets to him. Do a self-assessment of your work, ask for feedback from your co-workers, get suggestions on what your boss expects when he assigns a task. And do it critically. Perhaps an attitude problem, it could be anything really. Just figure out what you are not doing right. You just might be contributing to a bad situation.

2. Focus on the work: So you’ve done the first part, you realise you are not the only problem; start acting on the feedback you received. Do this with all focus on the reason why you were hired and the objectives you set for yourself. Chances are, when you start doing things right, your work will shine through and most likely reduce your boss’ rantings.

Don’t take it personally: Don’t be quick to tag yourself or your boss as the bad person. Your boss may have a leadership style different from what you expect from a typical boss. Sorry but you have to put up with him anyways. Suck it up and get the job done. In the end, that’s what matters. Yes, a little appreciation here and there could suffice but don’t wait till you hear it first from your boss. Appreciate yourself from time to time. Even if your boss is a “glory hugger”, you are gradually evolving on the job and soon you’ll be known for your expertise, either in your current job or elsewhere.

Pay attention to details: This is very VERY important. The rift between you and your boss might just be because you let so many things slip. Missing deadlines, forgetting to carry out task as instructed or just basically approaching your job nonchalantly. Understand this, your boss also answers to a boss and your complacency might just be a thorn in his flesh. It could just be that you are not giving your boss something he values. Time, accuracy or simply listening to him while he talks. Those subtle things have a way of setting Newton’s third law in motion.

Ask for a meeting: If you think you haven’t covered much ground in your findings; the best person to seek the right information from is none other but your boss. This saves you a lot stress and perhaps puts you in his good book quickly. There’s every likelihood your boss has no idea he is bad and you’ll keep hurting yourself if you think he’s having a good time making life difficult for you. Send in a note, ask for a convenient time to discuss with him. And when you get the opportunity; do not reel off a list of complaints and pain-points to him, show that you value his time and you appreciate his feedback. Listen attentively while he speaks, take notes to show you are willing to act on his advice. This way, everybody wins.

Don’t gripe at work: Yes, we all need to let off steam whenever we are pressed with issues we find difficult to handle. And your first pick might be a close colleague. Hold it right there. It’s OK to complain about your work but only if done outside the office – the premises and the people. Even bad bosses have friends and sidekicks. To be safe, tell a spouse or a friend elsewhere. It’s far better if your boss hears the complaints from you than from a third-party.

Stop comparing yourself to others: Dwelling on the assumption that your boss blacklisted you might compel you to measure your performance and competence against other coworkers your boss “likes”. Don’t tread that path, you’ll fall into the delusion that you can never be good at anything. Instead remind yourself many times of the things you are good at and most importantly the reason you were hired. Seek the counsel of senior colleagues to garner as much information as you can about yourself. Bear in mind that in the end, it still comes back to your desk – how much of the job you’ve done and how well you do it. Really, you are not doing so bad after all.

How else do you deal with a horrible boss?