THINGS THAT BOSSES DON’T DO #1 Bosses, hello. You don’t do these things, do you? Of course not…

This is the first of a series documenting and interrogating modern management behaviours.


😇Cookie licking…

…refers to a common Anti-pattern where someone (metaphorically) takes a cookie, licks it and puts it back on the cookie tray, essentially preventing anyone else from having it, but not eating it by himself or herself.

The splendid Community Management site goes on to say:

You can partially prevent this by having clear roadmaps and not allowing people to volunteer for more than they can handle.

An alternative option is to create a policy that issues are not ‘reserved’ to anyone but instead that people may develop drafts / codebases in parallel, then let others in the community review their work and either validate both, select one, or combine the approaches.

Another approach which works well is to put time limits on tasks – if someone says “I’ll send a draft by the end of next week”, then Monday the week after the task is fair game again.😇


is obviously the boss version of mansplaining. Bossplaining is not sexist, it applies to any boss regardles of gender or sexuality or other human characteristics.

Mansplaining is a portmanteau of the words man and explaining, defined as “to explain something to someone, typically a man to woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing.” Lily Rothman of The Atlantic defines it as “explaining without regard to the fact that the explainee knows more than the explainer, often done by a man to a woman,” and feminist author and essayist Rebecca Solnit ascribes the phenomenon to a combination of “overconfidence and cluelessness.”

Due to its gender-specific reference to “man”, this term has been referred to by some critics as inherently sexist.


More to follow.

All will fit on one side of A4,

and will be on your desk by 9 on Monday morning…


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