Monday, November 13, 2006

Bosses

For most of my working life, I worked for a guy who knew how to run a shop.
It was his livelihood, it fed his wife and four children.
The money had to be earned by providing what customers needed.
It was not a matter of inventing ever more grandiose schemes in order to "obtain funding"
His philosophy was; "Hire people who are better at it than you are, treat them well, make them happy, and let them work"
He prospered.
Thats one way to run a shop.
Another way to run a shop is to be "THE BOSS!" and imagine your self to be the king of some little domain. Make sure that everyone's head is kept lower than yours.
In other words, make sure that no one enjoys his job.
Making sure that competence is on an ever decreasing spiral.
It means doing your best to create unrest, hatred, and disharmony.
This succeeds for a while, but it is a formula for eventual insurrection.
However, if you've managed to stock up on enough wealth, before they run you out of town, you can laugh as you spend it in exile.
I prefer the first philosophy.
Among other profits such as respect, dignity, and esteem, you will be keeping company with talented, competent people who you can respect.

4 Comments:

Blogger Robin said...

Your boss was brilliant! Did you appreciate him as much back then?

12:57 AM  
Anonymous Lane Savant said...

Yeah, Dan Flanagan, i grew to appreciate his talent, especially when I tried to run my own shop.

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The second boss sounds like (s)he works at Third/Second and Union.
- Anonymous (natch).

1:52 AM  
Blogger Lane Savant said...

Anonymous, (s) certainly is an inspiration.

9:10 AM  

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