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Being a Boss

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Being a Boss

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In some manner or another, I've served in roles frequently referred to as "boss" for over 20 years. In a few cases, I owned the company, in whole or in part. In many more instances, I held some rank that granted me authority over the work-lives of others. I've learned a great deal over the years. And I am definitely still learning.

If you'll indulge me, I'd like to share what little I have learned about being a boss.

The first lesson - Don't be a boss.

Be a mentor, a guide, a confidant, a facilitator, a shield, and a coach. But don't be a boss.

Nobody likes a boss.

boss  1 (bôs, b s)
n.
One who makes decisions or exercises authority.

v. tr.
To give orders to, especially in an arrogant or domineering manner.

v. intr.
To be or act as a supervisor or controlling element.
boss  2 (bôs, b s)
n.
A cow.

On second thought, some people do like cows.

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