So here’s what happened. I have a bunch of grandkids and several of them have grown up enough to go out and join the workforce of America. And as they put in their hours of hard labor they are beginning to bring work stories home…don’t we all! As I listen to these little employee-oriented stories I have come to the conclusion that nothing ever changes…including bad bosses.
There are so many bad bosses out there, it tells me that no progress has been made in the training area, that big business is still running their stores and services just as they always have. Don’t you think they would have gotten a little better at it by now?
The main observation I make is that these companies all do the same thing: they recruit their younger managers from their underlings, meaning if someone in the lower ranks does a good job, they eventually get elevated into a management position. The problem is, the company rarely offers any training to the newly minted managers and their reference as to how to act like a boss is modeled after those they’ve worked under—all of whom have come up the same way with no real training.
Just because an employee flips good hamburgers or sells a lot of socks doesn’t mean he or she will know how to run people and operations. Sometimes it actually works out; many times not.
So I got motivated to do my little bit to pay it forward. I wrote a book. Yeah, did it start-to-finish in three days. It’s titled New Boss…Ten Steps to Becoming a Good One.
It’s not a big book, only about 35 pages, but I wanted to make it a quick read..and it’s only $3.99! (If you are interested it’s available at amazon…click on the book’s cover at the top of the column to the right.) If you are a new boss, or an established one who could use a few pointers, put the ten steps into practice and you’ll move up to CEO by Christmas…okay, for some it may take a little longer.