I worked with or around Mike for many years. His manner was very unpleasant because he was arrogant and routinely talked down to others. Mike rarely smiled or laughed, unless it was at the expense of others with sarcastic, cutting remarks meant to degrade them. And even then it was just a smug chortle. One example was a meeting he had with me. He was leaning back in his chair with a smirk on his face as he addressed me. Although there were a few other people in the room, Mike was the only one who spoke to me.
He began criticizing not only my work but started on my life overall. Mike wouldn’t let up.
He began berating me and telling me that I wasn’t doing well with my work. He didn’t give me any specifics, just the generality that I wasn’t doing well. At first I remained calm and listened to his criticisms. I didn’t want to be defensive so I listened to what he had to say. I started to assure him that I was taking actions to improve things. He immediately cut me off and said I still didn’t understand. He was irritated. It seemed the more that I listened and didn’t react or cave in, the more he poured it on and continued to denigrate me. He began criticizing not only my work but started on my life overall. Mike wouldn’t let up. The moment he saw tears, he smiled. He had accomplished what he set out to do. The truth was, he was after me because I would work and he was lazy. There are countless times that I would come into his work space and find him dozing. It was incredible. And he did not like that I knew where he was really at. He came after me and was ruthless. It was a relief when Mike Rinder was gone.