Have you had a boss like this? Part 4

The screaming and yelling. 

While this was not an actual boss but rather a business partner with majority shares in the company… It was one hell of an experience to figure this guy out.  

I was young and fresh out of college at the time. I had quite a bit of experience dealing with people since we did have our own business but this guy was something else. 

In the beginning, all was well, as is the way with most partnerships. Slowly it became clear that our partner had some issues. Now no one is perfect, but this guy would barge into the middle of the plant and yell.  

The yelling. 

I assume he needed to be heard and he needed to make sure that everyone knew that he was the boss! This kind of behaviour was terrifying. We were not used to yelling and screaming. As the days and months went on this became worse and worse.  

The strangest thing was that generally in one-on-one conversations the man was nice. A bit loud and often remarked inappropriately at certain things. Also on a personal note, if a worker asked for a small loan or advance on a pay check he was the nicest man. He seemed to love the attention and often helped employees. 

The power-trip 

This man would make suppliers wait for a check outside his office for hours on end. All he had to do was sign the check, call his secretary and hand out the supplier’s money. No, this man would make the people wait, call them in the office after they had sat an hour or two in the lobby and yell at them either about the price, the service or a hiccup they had in the past.  

He was on a power trip. As I got to know him more and more it was evident that he had a Napoleon complex. Not because he was short even though Napoleon was not that short. However, he must have felt very insecure in his little world.  


It was interesting how he could be kind to employees on a one-on-one basis. Yet in a large setting, he wanted to be heard and listened to. He loved life, he loved his wine and his winery. Outside of business he was a fantastic person but had a Jekyll and Hyde personality in business.   

With his personality, the saying, “Never mix business with pleasure” rang very true.  

One day we took out a client to dinner and then to the Phantom of the Opera. He asked me to drive the client home and I did. It was 2 am by the time I got home. I was usually at work by 6:45. I knew him well and I knew that he would check if I was at work on time despite the late night. Sure enough, he called the plant early and I saw on the caller ID it was him. I picked up and he just said “oh you are in.” I explained I was tired and all but yes, I was here. His answer was, “If you want to be a big boy at night you need to be a big boy in the morning” 

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Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, and businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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