Overcoming an Imperfect Boss

“He’s just an imperfect human being doing the best he can. Just like you.” ~Karin Hurt

I ordered a copy of this little book after coming across it on a google search for books that lead to being a better boss.  Its name caught my attention because like most every boss, I am imperfect in many ways, and thought I could get some pointers in how I can relate to my staff better.  I don’t think anyone sets out to be an imperfect, demanding, cold-hearted or unprofessional boss (Remember the movie 9 to 5?), but there are times when we could all use a little (or a lot) of coaching in this area.

Karen presents her book in a small workbook form with a paragraph or two about a “situation” between a boss and a staff member. She then follows it up with “Advice” for each situation.  Remember, this book is written to someone trying to deal with an imperfect boss; however, I believe that as leaders of our group, it helps to see ourselves through the eyes of our staff members. I found it to be very practical and enlightening.  Some stories are funny and some are very serious.

Overwhelmed?

To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time.
~ Leonard Bernstein


business woman with ringbinders

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In the last 30 days, our daughter married the man of her dreams and we hosted a beautiful wedding with almost 300 guests, our retail store held a 4 day in-store event (Tropical Beach Party) where we served a complimentary lunch for three days, held two out of store Gourmet & Entertaining events in clients’ homes, are prepping for another 4 day event in the store this week,  AND welcomed a new granddaughter who was born on July 7. Did I mention that I am writing this while doing a Retail Show in another state? … Oh, and yes, launching this Remarkable Retailer Blog at the same time! CRAZY? No! OVERWHELMING? YES!

The Road to REMARKABLE sometimes takes detours for REAL LIFE! Of course, we did know these events were coming and did as much pre-planning as possible, but when they all start happening it is easy to get overwhelmed with the tasks that you must get done in such a limited time.  Besides these “life events” there are the daily tasks of running your business.  Placing orders, managing staff members, paperwork, bill paying and taking care of your family and clients. Plus, there are Emails to write, Facebook Updates to post, Photos to pin to Pinterest and the list goes on and on. There are times that I wake up with all the wheels spinning in my head and I just can’t go back to sleep. So what is an entrepreneur to do?  What are some tools and methods we can use when it all gets to be so overwhelming?  Here are a few tips you can implement to save the day!