Working for a difficult partner can make your life hell. I spent many years working for a boss who routinely yelled at employees in front of their colleagues, blamed subordinates for his mistakes and placed a high premium on “face time”. While I would never want to repeat an experience like that, I did learn a lot by watching a bully in action. In a strange way, taking mental notes on how he treated the people he worked with taught me a tremendous amount about managing people effectively (or in his case, ineffectively.)
Hard driving partners can teach you a lot of substance in your practice area; but they can also teach you how to be more successful in the future when you are running the show. Here’s a piece in today’s Career Journal on the subject.