Abbott on Bosses
“A bad boss is a little bit like a bad father or a bad husband. Notwithstanding all his or her faults, you find that he tends to do more good than harm.”
1. I can’t even.
2. I like how he says “his or her” in the second sentence, as though to correct himself; thinking only male bosses exist.
3. This claim rests on the basis’ that ‘bosses’ do tend to try and do more good than harm, that ‘bosses’ are capable of knowing that, and that ‘bosses’ tend to be competent. Let’s not forget that to be a boss requires no training, no qualifications, no experience… Anybody can be a boss. Start a business, hire somebody – you’re a boss. I would argue that the reason so many small businesses fail in their first year or two of business isn’t due to externalities – as we are always told – it is due to the inexperience and, sometimes, incompetence of management.