How to be a great boss without being a jerk
The best thing about being a boss is that the people around you can be a jerk.
It’s how I got promoted to be the manager of a company I founded with my ex-wife.
That’s how the company became a successful software company, and the people who were on my team helped make it work.
I didn’t do that because I was smart, but because I cared.
That care helped me be the best at what I do, and it made me a great manager.
But there’s one rule: If you want to be great at what you do, you can’t be jerks.
That was the takeaway from my interview with the CEO of a tech company, who has been on the job for about a year.
“You are going to be treated like shit in this company, because you are smart,” he said.
“The problem is that you are going do a lot of bad things that you don’t think are worth the trouble.
And that’s just how it is.
It takes guts to do the right thing.
You just have to take a step back and say, ‘I’m not going to do that.'”
The man, who declined to be named, explained that he had made a conscious decision to avoid “being a jerk” for a year and that it was an honest assessment of his skills as a manager.
He was in the right place at the right time, he said, because the company was moving in a different direction.
“This was all based on what I thought I needed to do in order to succeed in the company,” he told me.
“It was just a way of getting my mind off of the reality of what we were doing.”
This is an edited transcript of a podcast with New York magazine’s Kevin Greene.
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