The Egomaniac

I decided for my post, to deviate just slightly from my normal line of discussions, and touch on something personal that has left me shaking my head in utter amazement. A single decision that I had made not that long ago, that quite literally introduced me to a person that not only has no real concept of reality, but also runs a fairly well known company.

As a little background, I have worked in the technology industry for over 14 years. My career started doing simple web site designs, and lead quickly into the preparations for Y2K. I survived through the crash of the .COMs, and developed security systems during the upheaval of the financial industry during the mortgage crisis. My career has been an adventurous journey, filled with many ups and downs, and constantly learning new technologies to expand my personal knowledge.

A few months back, I was asked to come work for a local technology company right here in Delaware. I at first accepted the job, then backed out, due to other obligations that I had which may have been a conflict of interest, and also the fact I had misgivings about taking the job. The owner of the company really wanted me to come work for him, so he pursued me endlessly. Finally I caved and agreed to go work for him. Lesson learned, I should have listened to my instincts from the start.

I have worked with all types of personalities, from every walk of life, over the years. This was the first time though that I had ever encountered a true Egomaniac. Before I briefly relay to you the four months I spent working with this person, an eternity that I wouldn’t wish on my worse enemy, I figured I would share what an egomaniac is with you:

Egomania is an obsessive preoccupation with one’s self and applies to someone who follows their own ungoverned impulses and is possessed by delusions of personal greatness and feels a lack of appreciation. The condition is psychologically abnormal, and the clinical condition that most resembles the popular conception of egomania is narcissistic personality disorder.

In the short eternity that I spend working for this person, I witnessed his quite frequent rampant temper tantrums, listed to him marching around the office cursing out his clients, blaming all of the problems the company was having financially on every employee that ever worked for him, and his constant bragging about how great of a sales person he was, and could land any client he “deemed worthy” of the effort to get.

He also bragged endlessly about all of the great things he did. Unfortunately I never fed into his bravado and this disturbed him, to the point to where he took great pleasure in constantly changing my priorities multiple times on a daily basis, in what I believe was an effort to both set me up for failure, and to remind me he was in charge and had to do what he said. He did the same thing to all of the other employees too, that didn’t drink his “I am the greatest” Kool-Aid. He also would never admit when he was wrong, and immediately blamed his employees for any problems when he was talking to clients.

In the time he has been in businesses, he has 5 current employees, and 42 ex-employees.  Maybe it is just me, though there is something seriously wrong with those numbers.

With regards to his clients, he has them between a rock and a hard place. It is almost impossible for them to leave, because of the way their information is locked up inside his system. It would literally take them manually rebuilding everything from the ground up somewhere else. A task many of these companies don’t have the funds, or man power to accomplish.

Why did I decide to tell you all of this you may ask? The answer is quite simple. When you are a business owner, trying to carve your niche in the market place, your character as a an owner and person, and the way you treat your employees, is as important as the products and services you offer. Each day you need to put your best foot forward, and give your business your all. Every person you come in contact with, should be treated with honesty and integrity. Your employees are an extension of your company. If they feel like everyone is working together, and their efforts are appreciated, they will go that extra mile, spread the word, and help your business grow.

As you go through your day, ask yourself this simple question:  Do I treat my employees as well as my customers/clients the way I would want to be treated?

After all, it’s not just your business, it is your reputation.

 

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