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By lynn@soshealthcaremanagement.com
July 16, 2014
Category: Staff Management
Tags: communication   job   Boss  

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with two good “bosses” – but not every employee is as lucky as I was. I’ve experienced the good and seen the bad. I refer specifically of those employers who want nothing to do with helping to guide/counsel/train their staff…yet demand very high, sometimes unrealistic expectations from them. They insist on perfection instead of excellence; make zero attempts to communicate, remain inflexible and persistently “manage” with power and control instead of guidance and leadership. Then they wonder why they have a revolving door of staff. Instead of looking inward to find solutions, a more common rationale is…“Good staff are hard to find in this area,”…yet, coincidentally, another podiatrist six blocks down seemed to have triumphed over that debatable barrier.

I started thinking of some of the more familiar good and bad “on screen” bosses that we’ve been exposed to. The good ones make you smile…George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Sheriff Andy Taylor in the Andy Griffith Show and how about Jack Warden’s character in “Big” - dancing on the floor piano with employee Tom Hanks? Who wouldn’t want to work for them? The bad bosses were bad in so many different ways…intolerable, mean, slimy, clueless…among them were Ebenezer Scrooge in a “Christmas Carol”, Dabney Coleman as Franklin Hart in “Nine to Five” and perhaps the most obnoxious space cadet boss, Bill Lumbergh, in the classic “Office Space.” “Yeeaahhhh, thaaaannnks.” Keep in mind that bad bosses are not limited to men. Meryl Streep and Sigourney Weaver’s characters in “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Working Girl”, respectively were just as obsessed with power trips. Help me out…what other “good and/or bad” bosses from movies and TV fame can YOU think of? Which ones can you relate to? 

By lynn
May 14, 2012
Category: I think it's funny
Tags: stress   fun   job  

We deal with stress every day - some good some bad. Even in the most difficult of times, things get SO absurd that they are actually funny. I can think of a time when my SOS partner and I were under the gun to get copies made for a presentation we were giving. Naturally, it was last minute, so the pressure was on. It was late. We were tired and so we went to the nearest copy center to see about getting our handouts made. Luckily they had a new copy machine that collated many pages together and its purpose was to make things simpler for us. Well, we were getting the job done when all of a sudden, it started speeding up and before we could say Kinko....paper was flying all over the place. It was like a page out of I Love Lucy. We laughed so hard we cried. We got it together and got our copies made...but it's those kinds of things that help release endorphins and make you think...are things REALLY that bad? Have you ever found yourself in a situation that was so stressful....it made you laugh?