Friday, May 13, 2011

An Unexpected And Sweet 'Boss Moment'

This week has been rough, with employee discipline issues back-to-back.  Rumors, questions and outrage on the part of hospital staff followed.

Bound to confidentiality, I am unable to explain the repeated complaints and conversations that accompany a formal disciplinary action or termination.  

Typically, it takes months to complete.

However, to the uninvolved observer, it appears that I had a wild idea in the middle of the night, got up on the wrong side of the bed and took it out on the world by firing someone's ass.

I only wish it were that easy.

Friday could not come soon enough.

This morning began with a regular meeting with one of my direct reports.  She updated me about her department and I provided some follow-up information to questions she raised last week.

Nothing out of the ordinary.

About an hour later, as I was finishing a document in my office, she stuck her head in the door and said, 'I love that you're my boss - just wanted to let you know.'  Then, she was off.

Wow, did I need that today.

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  1. Being in management is not for the faint of heart some days it seems like the day can't end fast enough. Glad you got some moral support.

  2. Hi taffynfontana - it was lovely to get a small piece of validation, especially this week. It's also easy to see why people often shy away from leadership...a thick skin is required. Thanks for your comment!



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