Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Adventures of Boss Lady

I am now a Boss.



This is, in many ways, the direct opposite of my usual way of operation. I'm accustomed to asking people to do things, or suggesting in a way that makes people think it is their idea. So the concept of TELLING people outright what to do is pretty foreign to me.

I am also notoriously nice. This has been one of my downfalls for many years-not being so good at being a badass and letting people get away with murder around me. Many of my essential duties as a boss are being wrapped in fluffy nice. Which, maybe isn't so good for my business.

This is my first week at being a boss, and I know I have a lot to learn. Like how to give directions rather than make suggestions (or ASKING Employee what he wants to do). I also have to work on addressing concerns and giving praise.

It is definitely an adventure. Tune in soon for reports from the field....

9 comments:

  1. I have no doubts you'll be an amazing boss. It's a learning experience to be sure but one I feel you'll do very well with.

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  2. I just became a real boss of sorts back in September and completely understand where you are coming from. It gets easier, though, especially when you realize being a good boss does involve giving directions and you can do that without being a jerk.

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  3. I agree with Nakia. Being a good boss cannot be combined with being a jerk, nor can it be combined with being a push-over. Being willing to give instructions, as well as being willing to listen is very important. But seeing as there are an infinite number of bad bosses out there, you really don't have to be Alexander the Great to come across as a good one.

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  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NisCkxU544c

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    1. Maybe don't do the fish thing, but everything else is pretty solid advice.
      :D

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  5. There is nothing wrong with asking your staff to do things instead of telling them. The important part is how you handle when they don't do what you ask.

    Asking employees to do tasks can give them an inclusive feeling, but you must be firm if they chose to ignore your request.

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  6. "I am also notoriously nice. This has been one of my downfalls for many years-not being so good at being a badass and letting people get away with murder around me."

    I hope you're doing better at that than I've ever managed... :(

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