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This morning one of my favorite bloggers, Seth Godin, wrote a post titled: The World's Worst Boss. Followed by the first line, "That would be you."

As long as I can remember, I've heard people complain about their bosses. Family, friends, me- everyone's doing it. What if we re-frame the concept of boss, would we still complain so much?

Seth Godin is asking us to take responsibility for ourselves. We choose our perspectives, we set our schedules, we're in control of our own destiny. He has a point. This is simple.

We've all heard the phrase, "I'm my own worst critic." He calls us out on that too. Would you work for anyone that talked to you the way you talk to yourself? Whoa! I wouldn't work for me. Listening to my own self talk, I can be a real jerk. What if I held myself to the same standards I have for 'the perfect boss'?

5 responses to "The Boss"

  1. Bria,

    Thank you so much for this post. I would be a terrible self-boss! In fact I am living proof that I am a terrible self boss. I have just started a new job, am trying to keep up with school, am in transition between Spokane (where my husband and household is) and Seattle, where my blow-up mattress and I reside. - I don't think that overwhelmed really describes what I feel, but I don't seem to be very compassionate with myself and am assuming that my new boss, professors, classmates and partner are just as unforgiving. - That's not very fair to me or them.

    Not that I'm doing the best job of balance, I am starting to temper my self talk. Encourage myself and give myself kudos for the good things I've done rather than focusing on what I have yet to do. - Thanks for the reminder.

    Kim Powe

  2. You're welcome, and thanks for commenting.


  3. I love Seth. Being a boss ain't easy, be it of yourself or of a team of people. At times, I've enjoyed being a boss. It feels good to put people into positions and allow them to grow and succeed. Helping, mentoring, empowering, collaborting with, depending on, challenging people can be lots of fun. I often felt like I was best meeting the needs of my team and my job when I was making things fun, including know that some times a boss can make things fun by just disappearing.

    Paul Taylor Hess

  4. I agree with all of this and would like to add that some of the complaints people make are very valid. I have an excellent boss, an excellent manager, and great co-workers. However, most of the people where I work spend plenty of time thumbing through classifieds. I think it has more to do with the system than anything. I work for a small business. The people running the place are not working to tap into the full potential of their employees. I'd be angry with them, but they are working outrageously hard. It is the reality of the over extended worker. It is the reality of the American system and the struggling businesses that make up the business. I appreciate the thought of reframing, because when I go to work, I need the positive reframe. It helps me get through my day. However, I also think we need to start etching away at the larger picture. Thanks for sharing this Bria; it gave me a lot of food for thought.

    Peregrine's Learning Journey

  5. When I worked as a 'boss', often it was really hard to break down 'I hate work', 'I hate the boss' stereotypes so engrained in our society. Often you could tell this attitude was given to a person by their parents. It is cool to see it going away, like in P's case.


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