• Your points are well-taken, Wendy. That’s exactly what they did at Morning Star, a manufacturing plant and they’re doing just fine – described in this Harvard Business Review article – http://hbr.org/2011/12/first-lets-fire-all-the-managers/ar/1

    March 20, 2013
    • Thanks, Jesse! The article you pointed to offers some great ideas–real disruptors. Good food for thought–appreciate you sharing it.

      March 24, 2013
  • Wendy – excellent thoughts. Like so many words, the term has lost it’s meaning. This is by virtue of the fact that when you say the term, it can conjure up different images based on the listener’s experience.

    My concern is that eliminating the word boss will also minimize the value of the phrase, “Oh – yeah? You’re not the boss of me!”


    March 20, 2013
    • Hi Rick! You gave me a great laugh for the day. Thanks!

      March 24, 2013
  • Brian Rensing

    I have a very strong dislike of the term “Boss” – whether it is about me or about the person(s) to whom I report. I really like the way you (& others, thankfully, now) are rethinking what is this relationship. I think you do a great job of framing what it should be – which is essentially aligning goals & setting people up for their own & the organization’s success.

    March 24, 2013
    • Thanks for commenting, Brian. I share your dislike of the word and looked up the word in the online Etymology Dictionary and here’s what I found: “overseer,” 1640s, American English, from Dutch baas “a master,” Middle Dutch baes, of obscure origin. No wonder we don’t like the word 🙂 I appreciate your contextualizing it as a rethinking / reimagining of the relationship.

      March 24, 2013
  • Wendy, cool post. I totally agree with you: bosses have to be mentors and coaches. Here is my TEDx talk about what it takes to be a good “boss”. Hope it covers some of your ideas.

    April 23, 2013
    • Thanks, Axel. We’re certainly on the same page. Congratulations on your TEDx talk!

      April 23, 2013

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