Q: We recently got a new manager who is totally disorganized. "Rick" will tell us to do something, then after we finish, he says that it was not at all what he wanted. Rick also forgets a lot of things after we talk about them. Our team is getting confused and discouraged. How do you work for someone who is a complete space cadet?
A: If your previous supervisor was a systematic, orderly type, then Rick's leadership style is undoubtedly a huge adjustment. To get what you need from this scattered boss, you and your colleagues may now have to put much more effort into "managing up."