Do you need a boss?

From Seth Godin:

You don’t realize how much you need a boss until you don’t have one. Bosses don’t always do the following, especially when they’re not very good bosses, but here’s what we know about good bosses:

  • Bosses organize your time for you.
  • Bosses decide what’s urgent.
  • Bosses give you cover when you work on something stupid (“she told me to!”)
  • Bosses pay you even when the client doesn’t honor the invoice.
  • Bosses can be sued.
  • Bosses create deadlines, and stick with them.
  • Bosses make sure you show up in the morning.
  • Bosses pay for the Postits.
  • Bosses give you someone to complain about.
  • Bosses carve up the work and give you just that piece you signed up to do.
  • Bosses give you a role model. (Sometimes one to work against, but that’s a different story).

The main thing a boss does, though, is give you the momentum you need to get through the stuff that takes perseverance. The main thing that ends the career of a Free Agent is the lack of a hand pushing on the back, someone handing out assignments and waiting for the deliverables. Who keeps you going when you don’t feel like doing it?

If you don’t have a boss, you may need to invent one.


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