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Today is National Boss’s Day.  I have been on both sides of the desk and I hope that the times I have worn that bosses hat that I was a good one.

I know that we have all had THE BAD BOSS.   I have had two of those in my life and it is not easy to work for someone you don’t respect.  I am a lucky man today because I can say I have great respect for my Boss and supervisors.


No really I do have respect for my boss and supervisor.

When I have been the boss I found myself trying to juggle being fair not only to my employer but to those I was supervising who were my friends.  I found myself struggling with that.  I came up with a solution that worked for me if I ever had to do the boss thing.  I drew a line in the sand.  I was their friend but I had a job to do, so I would tell them this is Dave the boss.  It worked well….most of the time.

Early in my career I was at a Friday night station party and knew my co-worker had to be at the station at 6am.                                                                                 Let’s just say she was having a good time and maybe too much of a good time.

It was 5:15 when I was snoozing away when the phone rang.  “Dave I am so sick, can you go in and work for me?”

Dave the boss had to step up.  “There is difference between being hungover and sick and you are hung over, so I suggest you go to work and be hungover while doing it”   The conversation got a little heated until I reminded her that she knew she had to work and made the decision to get drunk anyway, so she either worked or might lose her job.

Harsh?  I don’t think so but I did consider this woman one of my good friends so it was hard to do. When I replaced her at noon I knew she was more than upset and she didn’t speak to me for 2 weeks.  But our friendship survived and we are still in touch via Facebook.

That experience showed me how hard it can be to be The Boss.

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