Friday, February 1, 2013

The best titles are the shortest


President, CEO, Supervisor, Boss--like those?

Anita Bruzzese, Gannett, reminds us that many people hate the boss and think of them as "royal jerks who should be locked in their car." I think this may be a little more about Anita than we need to know, but the basic point remains.

The boss is apart from the rest. The boss may have been in the pool, then must separate himself or herself.

This can be tricky.

Bosses have to motivate people who slack off or never knew how to work in the first place. They have to calm down angry customers (me, usually).

A recent survey said almost three-quarters of those polled did not want to be the boss.

But if you do--go about it systematically. See if your company has a leadership program.

Do the job before you get the title--help others succeed, communicate well.

Just having good technical skills is not enough when it comes to managing people.  Your former workers may see you differently.

You may have to man up--er, woman up.

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