Some days I think everyone hits their breaking point at the same time.
Yesterday I sat in my office and listened to two co-workers have an all out screaming match.
Today I listened to the guy four doors down chew out his assistant with expletives.
Eleven years in this industry and I've never endured either.
Now..I've had the pleasure of working with a gentlemen (and I use the word accurately) who has 1. Never raised his voice to me 2. Never belittled me infront of my other co-workers. 3. Never backed me into a corner and hung me out to dry.
The closed door screaming? It can still be heard. Why even close the door if you're going to scream?
My boss always opted for the quiet words of "we can fix it'. I once said "you're going to kill me..I really fucked this up.." (And I really did fuck something up royally). His response, without ever looking up from his papers was.."there's nothing we can't fix".
So, it's only natural that I practice the same with my own assistants and team members. Everyone screws up. That is a fact of life. And the most important part of being a teacher is knowing that one thing. Knowing that anyone that accepts responsibility for their mistakes is taking the first step to correcting it. Understanding is key.
And when that's missing..people start hitting their breaking point. Blame starts flying. People start nit picking.
And it's never good.
I've always felt that..if I could teach someone..and raise them (so to speak) to do what I do..in their own way and be effective and successful..then I've been a good leader..and a good boss.
And if I'm lucky, I'll never become the nightmare boss or the boardroom bitch.
I'll get to have someone blog about me like this. :)
Another rambling post brought to you by..
The letter B!