Hand holding TV remote control with a television in the backgroundVery often, management is in the unique position to rarely get feedback or constructive criticism. It has been my experience that either no one tells management what they really think, or management tends to deflect opinions like a brand new iPhone in the glistening sun. Managers don’t exactly send out surveys or collect comment cards.

While soliciting opinions and feedback from your team is probably the best way to gain perspective, it could be more fun and less painful to just find out who your TV boss personality is instead. Prepare yourself for the ‘boss in the mirror’ with these TV boss profiles.

Sam Malone

You’re everyone’s friend and it comes quite naturally. Your charisma and laid-back character make you great at business, but all that charm can lead to trouble. Your personal and professional life tends to bleed into one another from time-to-time, leading to friction in the workplace.

Favorite Song: “Take It Easy” the Eagles

Favorite Coffee Mug: “Frankie Says Relax”

Quote: “Do me a favor here, Woody. Hold down the fort while I pass that lady a tray of smoked SAMMY.”

Michael Scott

You would like to be friends with everyone, and it doesn’t seem to be happening too naturally. You take your job very seriously, but never seem to get the recognition or praise that you believe you deserve. You believe that the office is a “place where dreams can come true”, but can’t seem to grasp why those around you don’t feel the same way.

Favorite Song: “The Eye of the Tiger”

Favorite Coffee Mug: “World’s Best Boss

Quote: “Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.”

Mr. Burns

You don’t come to work to make friends; you mean business. You write with a quill, send telegrams and have a general dislike for modern technology. Your older age means nothing except that you have been in this business longer than your co-workers, and are therefore more knowledgeable. Some might label you a micro-manager due to the excess of closed-circuit camera screens in your office, but it’s all for the betterment of the organization.

Favorite Song: “It’s a Hard Knock Life”

Favorite Coffee Mug: “OSHA sucks”

Quote: “It was that, or skin my chauffeurs.”

J. Peterman

You’re passionate about your work, and you want to inspire that passion in others. If inspiration for work means taking a spontaneous trip to Burma, you’re booking the tickets yesterday. You struggle with your excitement for your work not being reflected in those around you because you really encourage teamwork. Creativity and communication are your strengths and you strive for the perfect life-work balance.

Favorite Song: “We Didn’t Start the Fire”

Favorite Coffee Mug: “Save the Whales”

Quote: “Oh Elaine, the toll road of denial is a long and dangerous one. The price? Your soul. Oh and by the way, you have til’ 5 o’clock to clear out your desk. You’re fired.”



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