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.