Stories from an easily distracted, dyslexic creative – Find the right boss … not the right job! May 11, 2016
Greed is good.
Do whatever it takes.
Lead with … Narcissism. Bullying. Mind Games. Be unapologetic, indecisive. Send mixed messages. Lie. Be vague. Have mood swings. Be aggressive. Always right. Be an Energy Vampire.
How about if I told you that 1 in 5 people I speak to, have worked for this kind of BOSS?
Wow … that’s CRAZY!
How about if I then told you that 2 in 5 people I have spoken to still work with this knucklehead?
See … when you are passionate and believe in your cause, you then go off seeking the right job.
Let me set this up for you …
Everything seems nice and slick.
Big Gig. Gold letters. Global offices. CNBC on the reception wall. Headset on the receptionist …
You shit yourself … but you’re excited.
“Mr BIG is ready to see you now …”
They ask challenging questions, a tad firm, eye contact is weird … but you’re confident, so you hang in there.
They are behind a big-ass desk.
Your chair is cheap and uncomfortable … theirs is big-ass fancy, and soft.
Their office is full of images of themselves with famous people, trophy’s and other ‘look at me’ paraphernalia.
You are super pumped … you sound a little rehearsed … but you just really know your stuff.
Then … they throw you off-guard and begin to make you feel like they don’t need you.
You fight back … you show them your wares and skills …
You say more and more to impress them, and show them you are strong.
Then, they kind of sit back, say little and let you talk. Maybe you talk way too long?
It all comes to a halt. Then you think there’s no way they will give you a job.
They throw a curve ball … “Well, let’s see what you’ve got.”
They ask, “How soon can you start?”
You say, “Well, I want to do the right thing by my current employer, they have been great … so not for at least 2 months … that’s what we agreed.”
They gasp and say, “That won’t do … needs to be sooner.”
You feel cornered … what do you say????
On your way out they say, “Let’s see if you are not a one trick pony.”
That pisses you off … and you say to yourself, “I’ll show ‘em!”
Stop!!!! This is the first warning sign.
They want you to be disloyal to your current boss??
I have a major issue with this. If I were to expect anything from a new employee, it’s for them to prove their loyalty and not exit badly from their last job.
Because you will be next.
A true leader, leads with these traits.
- The ability to admit they are wrong.
And I could go on … but the most important thing a leader need to understand, is this:
If they believe they are the smartest person in the room, then they are in the wrong room.
As a CEO, I need to surround myself with people who are way smarter than me.
See – I don’t hire people with the same skills as me. I hire people that are masters of their own universe.
Skilled and talented in areas I cannot achieve or imagine. Provide the skills I do not possess.
I want my team to be honest in their feelings about me – and not be ruled through fear.
Fear creates dissent and dishonesty … and that produces mistakes and cover ups.
- A great boss regardless of industries, encourages you to do better.
- A great boss makes you feel needed.
- A great boss knows family is first. Your health is second. Then comes work.
- A great boss listens to you.
- A great boss encourages transparency when making mistakes.
- A great boss wants to see you thrive.
- A great boss is clear with requests and does not bully.
- A great boss is not angry all the time.
- A great boss enlightens.
- A great boss knows they are human and they too, make mistakes.
- A great boss senses when things are not right.
- A great boss needs to know all the above … or they will simply not be a great leader.
I tell my colleagues time and time again – look for the right boss or leader … this will make you achieve way more than working for the dude – or dudette – sitting behind their big-ass desk in their big-ass comfy chair.
“I as a CEO need to surround myself by people way smarter, faster and more skilled than I.
For I am merely the humble conductor.”
Robert Marchetti – CEO Marchettico
“I believe I’m the Greatest.
I also believe I barely matter.
Balancing those two forces gives me the room to ‘do me’.“
Gary Vaynerchuk – “The Serial Entrepreneur”
“You can love your job, but your job will not love you back”
Cathie Black – Former Chairman & President, Hearst Magazines
If you work in a Wall Street, big ass kind of business … it’s a dinosaur. It won’t be around for long.
Get out while you can!!!
Robert Marchetti – Founder and CEO