Why boss is a four-letter word

We’re not big on titles around here.  When my co-worker teasingly refers to me as ‘boss-lady’, I look around to see who is standing behind me.  Surely she’s not referring to me?!

The word boss for me conjures up images of time clocks, dreaded Monday mornings and meetings behind closed doors.   So I definitely don’t want this title.

Technically speaking, I could have lots of titles.  CEO, President, Head Honcho, Big Cheese, Director, Person-In-The-Know, Top Dog.  None of these fit either.  I’m me.  That’s it. 

I think I’m adverse to titles because my business is really an extension of myself.  My personal and business lives constantly intersect and often I cannot tell the two apart.  I do not leave work at the office.  Nor do I leave my personal life at home.

Don’t get me wrong.  This is not always a good thing.  At 9:00 at night, worrying about that shipment that might not get to it’s destination on time is not healthy, productive or useful.  But it’s difficult for me NOT to be concerned because I take everything very personally.  Afterall, I am ultimately responsible for everything that goes on here.  In the same vein, my co-workers have often spent time in my office hugging and comforting me during particularly difficult personal times.  I’m sure the Wharton School of Business would highly advise against this.  Oh well.  

So let me introduce myself. 

Me and my office mate, jogging partner and sidekick Bynum.

I love red wine.  I hate milk.  I do some of my best thinking while I’m jogging and if I don’t jog at least 5 days a week, I don’t feel ‘right’.  My husband is my biggest cheerleader and the funniest person I know.  I love to watch him cook.  I worry a lot about things I cannot control.  I cannot sing.  My dogs make me laugh on a daily basis.  I am concerned I won’t get everything done in the timeframe I want to.  I absolutely adore getting a pedicure.  I love to read.  San Francisco is my favorite city, followed closely by London.  I work very hard and I try to learn from my mistakes.  I thought of this blog while listening to my favorite jazz singer in a jazz club in DC.  I believe in the products we sell. 

My name is Brenda.  It’s nice to meet you.

2 thoughts on “Why boss is a four-letter word

    1. Amy, we are excited to have you! We’ve been eagerly getting ready for you, although your printer died today. Don’t know what that means. But we’ll get you a new one by Tuesday! Look at that…new printer, right out of the gate.

      Happy 4th!


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