When I started my current job four years ago, I was a little freaked out about being a boss. I knew I could handle the other responsibilities of my job, but managing people…esp. a whole building full of women…made me a little uneasy. I remember being introduced to Ms. Bertha (who could be my mother) and she made a comment about me being her new boss. I was stunned into silence for a moment…I was a boss. What in the world did I know about being a boss?
I’ve made plenty of mistakes. I’m sure there are quite a few current and former staff members who would agree with that statement. However, I hope those same staff members would also agree that I learn from my mistakes and I try very hard to be a good boss.
Today was one of those days when being a boss was a little overwhelming. I think I spent about 90% of my day today just listening. I listened to parents. I listened to staff. I listened to potential families. And I did listen. I made sure I was mentally present during all the conversations. Although I was listening and responding, I was also trying really, really hard not to panic. I had one main goal for today – choose and print pictures so that we can make a presentation board for the Fourth of July event on Friday. It is 9:30 at night…no pictures chosen, no pictures printed. I also have a long list of things that need to be done for the July 19th fundraiser. Too bad my “real” job can’t be put on hold while I plan and organize the fundraiser!
If you are one of my parents or staff members reading this, you need to know that I DO want you to come talk to me…just understand if I start to get a look of panic in my face!