Boss’s Day is this coming Monday, October 16th. I recently asked you to tell me about your amazing bosses. Here are several great bosses who have (or will be) received a special Boss’s Day Surprise from me (listed in no particular order):
My boss is Rich. He is one of the most courageous people that I have ever worked for. He is decisive in a way that is energizing to us who work for him. Because he acts like there is no problem that we cannot solve, we have hope. He is a middle manager who measures himself by how he makes a difference at the delivery of results, and in the productivity of those who work for him. Rich is willing to listen, and support experimental initiatives like the agile management process that I am currently using on my team. He is willing to give real feedback – like "What are you stupid?" when I need to hear that. As important as anything else, he makes time to spend with me one-on-one, sometimes sharing his challenges, and listening to mine. I feel appreciated, empowered, and energized. Of course that is not the whole story. In the two years I have worked for him, I have given him several nicknames such as "The Reorg-atron" as he attempted serial reorganization trying get to the right staffing model or "Captain Burn Rate" when he simply out-spent the problem and delivered results, then took the arrows from the finance folks for being over budget. One must always adapt to realize gains from any boss. The reality is that with many bosses the gains simply aren’t there to be had. There are very few bosses that I would walk into the fire for. I am lucky to have this one.
Submitted by Rich in Chicago
(Rich works for Rich – I bet that’s confusing!)
My boss Judy does many things well, including being an amazing editor! Through editing, she demonstrates trust in her employees, coaches them toward improvements, and encourages their personal development. To achieve these effects, she tailors editing to the writer and the project. For example, when experienced writers are initially developing a story line, her edits might be a series of questions designed to clarify the message. She will get more specific when needed, providing suggested text or specific guidance for changing draft documents. Regardless of the level of specificity, her edits convey a deep sense respect for the author and a collaborative approach to ensuring effective products. In a shop where the written word is the stock-in-trade, that makes her an AMAZING boss!
Submitted by Blaine in Dallas
Dear Miss Lisa,
Greetings! Thanks for this great opportunity of sharing ones thoughts about bosses.
My boss Frank is a wonderful school manager. His managerial traits are expressed in his name "PECK" Patient, Energetic, Caring, Kind. His positive approach of management makes everyone happy in the workplace. He greets everyone with a smile, inspires his subordinates to work at their best without intimidation, gives encouragement to students and staff, provides training for professional growth and humane in treating people. He helps students, teachers and office staff succeed in their work by appreciating their good performance through nice notes and providing good suggestions on their mistakes through kind words and saying "Don’t worry, you’ll make it better next time." He’s kind but very much concern about the quality performance of every one of us. Truly, we’re a happy family in the workplace. I feel he’s applying the "Theory Z management" a combination of people and work oriented system of management.