You’re Not The Boss Of Me Now

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In my long and eventful (yeah…that seems accurate) working life, I have had both the pleasure and misfortune of working for (and with) a variety of different bosses.  My first job, while still in high school, was working in our neighborhood pharmacy.  Unlike today’s mega drug store chains, this was (and still is) just a local place to get your prescription filled, pick up shampoo, make-up, and greeting cards.  The extent of its food options was Breyer’s Ice Cream, unlike your current option of practically getting prepared meals from the mile-long refrigerated section.  Oh…and the ice cream offerings are much better now.

That store had two partners as owners, and they couldn’t have been any different.  They were close friends, but for the life of me, I couldn’t see how or why.  One was fun, funny, pleasant, a bit of a jerk (but in a goofy way), and someone who knew how to talk to/with people, and how to make even a minimum wage job not seem like a drudging chore.

His partner was his polar opposite.  Bossy, opinionated, lacking in proper hygiene skills (I’ll spare you the cringe-worthy details), more than a bit of a jerk (and not in a goofy way), and someone who taught me how to NOT treat employees.  I’m actually thankful to him for that.

A good boss is a leader and motivator…not one who barks orders and makes you dread your job, or leaves you in fear every time the phone rings and Caller ID shows it’s him.

Please don’t ask me how I found this website, but I recently read an article on, entitled “8 Phrases Great Bosses Constantly Tell Their Employees“.  In it, the author shows how important it is to have one’s staff feel valued and appreciated.  Sometimes a simple “thank you” can go a long way.

Yes, no, maybe.  I don’t know.  Can you repeat the question?

Mike Schenker, MAS
Mike Schenker, MAS, is an award-winning promotional products industry professional and All That at Mike Schenker, Consulting. He’s been a distributor and a supplier, and has a view of our industry which can best be described as “unique”.  He takes the promotional products business very seriously, but not himself, and his reflections on all things imprinted can be found in his monthly column for PromoCorner.  He is one of the admins of the popular Promotional Products Professionals group on Facebook, a two-time candidate for the PPAI Board of Directors (but he’s not bitter), a member of the SAAGNY Hall of Fame, and the recipient of the 2014 PPAI Distinguished Service Award.
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