Learning to Be a Boss

During the four years of medical school and four years of postgraduate training in Ob/Gyn, nobody had taught me to be a boss. My assistants during my residency were registered nurses who had been working at that hospital for years. I swear they knew more about what I was supposed to do than I did. There was no “bossing” to be done by me!
Excerpt from
Carol Grabowski, M.D., published in the Heart of a Woman in Business book.

Read the original short story.

National Boss’s Day  is celebrated on October 16 in the United States and Canada. It has traditionally been a day for employees to thank their boss for being kind and fair throughout the year. National Boss’s Day has become an international celebration in recent years and now is observed in countries such as Australia, India and South Africa and very recently Ireland and the UK. An interesting tidbit of this occasion in India, is that bosses present gifts to their subordinates.

Patricia Bays Haroski registered “National Boss’s Day” with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1958. She was working as a secretary for State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Illinois at the time and chose October 8 because she forgot that the birthday of her boss, who was her father, was actually on the 16th. Four years later in 1962, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner backed Haroski’s registration and officially proclaimed the day. Hallmark did not offer a Boss’s Day card for sale until 1979.

Gift Suggestion:
Heart of a Woman in Business: Stories, Strategies and Skills for Business Success, by Sheryl Roush.
Heart of a Woman in Business is both a resource and an inspirational collection celebrating working women and their unique contributions to the global workplace. This “here’s how,” sisters-sharing-with-sisters book shares their authentic stories, and offers “here’s how” and “I did it, you can too!” Selections offer strategies, practical information, career-bolstering lessons, insights, affirmations, poems and quotations.

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