Thanks, Boss: 5 Ideas for Celebrating National Boss Day

We have compiled a list of things that you can do, or at least put in your head, that will help improve your relationship with your boss, and hopefully make his or her life easier (along with your life too). 

Today is Boss's Day, or National Boss Day. If you've never heard of it, Hallmark actually does issue cards for this occasion. But that doesn't mean you need to go and buy your boss a physical present today.


We suggest instead that you show your appreciation for your boss (and help yourself) in other, more meaningful ways. To that end, we have compiled a list of things that you can do, or at least put in your head, that will help improve your relationship with your boss, and hopefully make his or her life easier (along with your life too). 

The following ideas are derived from a series of lessons on Big Think Edge, the only forum on YouTube designed to help you get the skills you need to be successful in a rapidly changing world.  

1. Former Apple evangelist and author Guy Kawasaki offers advice which, as irritating as it may sound, is designed to "enchant" your boss. Here's how to do it:

When your boss asks you to do something, no matter how busy you are, no matter what else you're doing, no matter how important you think what you're doing is to the organization or yourself, no matter how suboptimal you may think it is to be interrupted, you should drop everything and do what your boss asks.  

2. Now, sometimes the situation does require that you may need to stand up to your boss. Maybe your boss is unaware of what you are working on at the moment. In these situations, Kawasaki offers different advice - which he calls How to Stand Up to Your Boss Without Being a Pain in the Ass.

Watch here:

3. Now let's say you are someone who hates their job. As surveys show, you are not alone. Chances are, you associate a lot of the stress of your job with your boss, which is an unhealthy habit of mind, says the Buddhist teacher Kadam Morten.

In the video below, Morten says that the figure of the "stress-inducing boss" is your own creation.

For Morten's advice on how to constructively deal with this, watch here:

4. Why is megalomania, the close cousin of narcissism, so often found in people holding positions of power, including, perhaps, your boss?

We asked this question, and designed a test, to determine if your boss is indeed a megalomaniac, or maybe even a good one.

But let's say your boss happens to be a megalomaniac. You can still learn from him or her. 

"I learned from my boss how not to act the rest of my life."

According to Robert Sutton, Professor of Management at Stanford University, the line above represents an entire genre of bad boss stories. And it is useful to know and understand, Sutton says, that "many good bosses have had their own bad bosses on the way up, but have patterned their management style after how not to do things."

5. Who says bosses can't learn to improve their own performance on National Boss Day as well? 

According to Jim Collins, the New York Times bestselling author of Good to Great, bad bosses and bad parents have one thing in common: they are expert demotivators. The best leaders, however, don’t worry about motivating people – they hire passionate employees and don’t extinguish their passion. 

Watch the video here:

For expert video content to inspire, engage and motivate your employees, visit Big Think Edge

Watch the video below and sign up for your free trial to Big Think Edge today. 

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