Thursday, January 14, 2010

How to be a Great Boss

I have been very very lucky when it comes to bosses. I have learned much from each one I have had. I now know what it takes to be a great Boss.

Boss # 1...was kind of a creep, but he taught me that there is always something to do. He made his expectations clear

Boss # 2...When you see potential...foster it, find a way to help your employee grow

Boss # 3...Listen...when a new employee, has an out of the box idea - give it a shot. It helps inspire a sense of ownership of the task.

Boss # 4...say 'Thank You' at the end of the day, they will be glad they came to work and happy to come in tomorrow.

Boss # 5...acknowledge your employee's expertise, they will be proud of the job they do for you.

Boss # 6...When reprimanding an employee...take responsibility for any training you may have failed to provide (this sucks for the employee - but it WORKS!)

Boss # 7...my current Boss...provide constant challenges for the employee to meet. Do not let them settle.

and just to make it an even 10

#8 - Be a team leader not a tyrant
#9 - Be the Boss...do not fear the wrath of your employees
#10 - Show them respect...unless you are hiring High School students, you have employed adults..treat them as such.

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