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November 15, 2012

“I Just Wish My Boss Would …” – Person In the Street Interviews

By Steve Motenko

It takes all kinds.

Sometimes we wish it didn’t.  I mean, don’t you wish that all the folks you work with were pretty much like you?  Values, style, temperament …  Life would be so much simpler.

And so much more boring.  It really does take all kinds.

Jim and I found that out – again – when we headed downtown a few weeks ago to conduct our first Person In the Street interviews for The Boss Show. Some of the people we met were angry.  Some were shy.  Some were jokesters, others earnest.  Some energetic and confident, others hesitant and ponderous.  Some neurotic, a few probably even psychotic.

Thing is, this in all probability is your workplace . A microcosm of the human race.  As with your family, there are people in your workplace you’d never choose as friends.  And the more you learn to get along with all of them – the good ones, the bad ones, the ugly ones – the more effective you’ll be in your work.  And in your life.

The prompt we gave these varied passersby, as we stuck a portable recorder in their faces, was “I just wish my boss would …”

What do you just wish your boss would do?  And regardless of how different s/he is from you, do you relate to your boss well enough to be honest about what you just wish s/he would – or wouldn’t – do?


Steve and co-host Jim Hessler reveal the highlights of their Person On The Street interviews on their on-demand radio program The Boss Show (   Please join the discussion by commenting on this blog, emailing, or visiting us on Facebook —



About the Author

Steve Motenko is an executive coach, leadership trainer, and co-host of The Boss Show, a weekly podcast on workplace dynamics. Steve and his Boss Show co-host, Jim Hessler, are co-authors of Land On Your Feet, Not On Your Face: A Guide to Building Your Leadership Platform. Steve lives on Whidbey Island, Washington, with his wife and dog, whom he loves, and a cat he tolerates usually pretty well.

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