I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t want to be considered a great boss by their people from the time they receive that first promotion to the time they finally retire.
It doesn’t matter if they work for a giant corporation, start a company or run a small biz, they want to perceived as a great boss.
The problem is that there is so much advice as to what a great boss is to how to become one that accomplishing it can get lost in the effort.
That’s especially true since much of the advice out there is conflicting — whether with other advice or your own MAP.
Happily, there’s a simple answer to the what part of the question: a great boss is one for whom people want to work.
The how is accomplished in 3 simple steps.
- List the five most important things that you always wanted your manager to do for you.
- List the five most important ways in which you always wanted to be treated. (If you no longer have a manager think back to when you did.
- Do them for your own team.
Most people who do this learn two surprising facts.
- Most of the 10 require no additional budget and can be implemented by bosses at any level.
- You will attract and retain people looking for the same things that you wanted from your boss.
They also learn 3 surprising truths.
- They don’t like the people who like working for them.
- MAP is impossible to sustainably fake.
- People are smart. It won’t take long for new hires to recognize that one or more of the 10 are faked and they will leave.
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