Friday, June 15, 2007

Being a boss AND a mom

I have to say, I may be a bad boss. I sound like a great boss, but when you think about it, not so much. I give my team lots of freedom and leeway to succeed and fail. I give them unparalelled freedom to do their best every day. If they are finished with work by 3, they can go home. If they need to work from home to be more productive once a week, that is cool, too. I do not meddle in their client relationships.

Basically, I run a fast and loose operation. What is missing for my people is structure and probably leadership. Problem is, I have no energy to lead right now. I am disenchanted with my job and my company. I would like to get jazzed again about my work and rededicate myself to helping my team achieve their goals, but I am just not into it. How bad is that!?!

I came across this post today: Bad boss or whiney employee? and it made me laugh. It also made me sad because the two employees I have trouble with are whiners. These people can be so self involved and cannot see anyone else's perspective. It thoroughly annoys me. In fact, they are the ones who exhaust me. Maybe I should then focus on the ones I can help and grow, and leave the others to their own devises...hmmm...

4 comments:

chlorinejenny said...

Delegate, delegate, delegate!

And, blog about the people you dislike!

Working Mom said...

Amen to that, in fact, I am thinking about pawning one of my whiners off on my boss - now that is something!

serket said...

The real question is, how is your company doing? I feel like the company I work for is really mismanaged and we are quite casual, but I think there are several factors that affect productivity.

Working Mom said...

I would say there are areas that are broken and areas that are great. What makes it hard is that the performers have to be accountable for the broken pieces even though they are not part of the broken area's team... Our company is really profitable which makes it hard for them to see that things need fixin.