Update: See my special 2007 Boss's Day package here!
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.
Submitted by Teresita in Paramount
I am the administrative assistant to the VP or my department. We manufacture trade show exhibits and design and build interiors. My boss, David, has gone out of his way to make my time here the best job I have ever had. I started here in February and felt a little overwhelmed. I was an administrative assistant to a small business man before working here so the environment from moving from someone’s home to a much larger facility was a little daunting to say the least. He has explained the business to me. He has taught me how to see the big picture and how to work out the details. When I got here one of my first projects was to help out a new department manager. I dug in and helped out the department get straightened out with much hard work on everyone’s part. The manager and David made arrangements for my husband and me to have a very extravagant anniversary dinner that they knew we could not afford on our own. He also has given me great tools to make it easy for me to help him with special training in time management and prioritizing. He is never too busy to answer a question and always quick to thank me for my help. He is a caring and kind man and exudes positive energy. He really is a GREAT boss and very worthy of the title.
Submitted by Beth in Birmingham
Ilene is any employee's dream boss. Of the many things that makes her the greatest boss that she is includes:
- her innate ability to care about an employee and client in a like manner, making them feel safe and secure and allowing them to open up and reveal their true thoughts and feeling when otherwise they would have a standard mask on. This is very effective on the negotiating table.
- demonstrate her personal understanding of where a person is coming from
- is very perceptive and will approach you to empathize with you if her "sensors or perception radar" senses something is wrong
- always includes us in the decision making process.
- is very liberal about approving leave at as short of a notice as five minutes
- a great communicator who can communicate in several languages across all levels of people and personalities and yet everyone leaves happy.
- admits when she is wrong, owns up to it, and apologizes
- maintains an open door policy and always accessible – in fact she is having her door removed it is so open
- is more than a boss - a mentor, coach, confidante, and best friend
- goes out of her way to help her employees – like moving into a new apartment – she would roll up her sleeves, pack boxes, load it in to her new SUV and drive over to new place, unload the boxes and carry it three flights up
- encourages suggestions, takes contradiction, and talk back from employees as constructive criticism / free advice and feels it is a blessing that is the opposite of insubordination
- is a great cook and often will cook and share her lunch with us.
- is a wonderful softhearted human being, so much so, that despite my director telling me to apply for another position, I refused because I truly love my boss and I told him that I will go wherever Ilene goes. My Director just smiled.
- takes the time to share my personal triumphs in life – took time out on a very busy work week to spend 3 hours to attend my graduation.
- sometimes treats us as her kids - displaying a similar affectionate and loving motherly figure (She is a young boss Mid 40's -Shhh!)
- fosters an environment where we can be ourselves and not have to put on any "office" mask. We can argue, talk, or discuss about anything under the sun and either vastly disagree or concur and still be best of friends.
She does this while striving to understand an employee's situation of where s/he is coming from.
Submitted by Steve from Washington DC
Great bosses make a BIG difference to our work worlds. Congratulations to these and all great bosses out there.