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Rowena Co

Lifelong learners lose less-- a good boss catches up in time and in different situations, bringing things forward and considers people's feelings important.


Why is it a badthing if he/she "try(tries) to overcome" their weaknesses? Wouldn't that be the best way to deal with weaknesses? Hmmm.

Human Being

'Boss' is an interesting phrase by it self. Does a term Boss mean lot more to some than others? Would it be a question of perspective than a limitation of responsibilities? Would it be an indication of a power status or symbolic representation of power either due to superior knowledge or experience? Is a boss expected to lead always and not follow? Is the boss supposed to be in control in all situations?
Please excuse me for taking an absolute novice approach, but i guess someone should actually define and describe the term 'BOSS'.

mark allen roberts

I find leaders, the good ones are in the back of the boat quietly steering.

I look forward to reading your book and blogging about it.

We find a Good Boss in the book delivering happiness as I discuss in my blog post

At the end of the day, we must set out to be a Good Boss, and that requires intentional actions and focus. Its not about us, its about serving our internal and external customers.

Great post

Mark Allen Roberts


I think this line has the answer
The best bosses aren't necessarily the ones with the most skill; they're the ones who care about improving their weaknesses, Bob Sutton writes.

Only rephrased to
"The best bosses aren't necessarily the ones with the most skill; they're the ones who care about improving weaknesses." Bob Sutton writes.

Phillip Turner addition, some of the most complicated yet successful things in life are never ending projects. Learning is never ending as well so even though it is never ending you gain a great deal of knowledge along the way to improve the skills you bring to the table.

Phillip Turner

Wow, excellent article. i have def. personally ran into better bosses that ask the questions of how they are doing and what I feel could have been different. Def. not always about being in power which I have seen much at my work place, the "power poison". This article should be given to companies to read world wide ha. I am going to look at this perspective for my own management in the future.

Derak Berreyesa

I agree that one of the main concerns any boss has is worrying if his employees like him or not. I think any professional in a power position who is not in fact an "asshole" has this concern. Teachers deal with this issue a lot as well. But, good teachers in the long run want their students to learn rather than like them. Just as a good boss wants the company to run smoothly and jobs to get done, rather than for his employees to like him.


I was vaguely puzzled the last time you mentioned Tom Petty. And I don't listen to the radio very often, so I hadn't heard the lyric. But I just looked it up, and, hmmm, I'm not sure Petty is suggesting that "confident but not really sure" = "wisdom".


No headroom for expansion no more
And there's a corner of the floor
They're telling you is yours
You're confident but not really sure

And it's hard to say
Who you are these days
But you run on anyway
Don't you baby?

You keep running for another place
To find that saving grace


I do know of bosses who fit that bill (i.e., who seem to feel that way). But I wouldn't call them wise.

Or am I missing something?

Project Management

"good boss" is one of the major key to a great team, though it is not that easy and often concluded as a biased position, and sometimes it becomes a reason why employees are not that accurate in their performance, they tend to rely to their boss so much its the "superman idea" that makes it harder.

Wally Bock

Great book, Bob, and a must-read for any working boss. Let me add two observations to what you've written above.

First, when I studied top-performing supervisors, one characteristic behavior of the great ones was that they asked for feedback. Art Jones was the best supervisor I ever saw in action. I spent several shifts a year with him over several years. At the end of every one he would ask the same question: "What did you see tonight that I could have done better?"

You're right that the work is hard and never-ending. But the great ones revel in it. They understand it as the most satisfying job in the world and one that you're never done learning.

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