Many artists dream of making their living from their art full time.
And they pine to be free of a boss or a “Team Leader.”
I get that. The last “Team Leader” I had was nick-named “Snotty Scotty.”
I did not dub him this. He earned this title all on his own from his long-standing colleagues, who wanted me to take his place.
Why? Because he was often dropping the ball.
He was a vector of evil that made it impossible for me to even think of returning to another corporate cubicle after I quit.
So in a way, he was actually an angel.
But guess what? Even though I have my own business, I still have a boss.
“I have met the enemy and sometimes she is me.”
Why? Because my boss:
- Doesn’t give me enough praise
- She barely lets me take a day off
- She will not give me a pay raise. She goes on and on about how we must invest profits back in the company. Jeez!
Why am I sharing this story?
Because I’m currently mentoring a self-employed jewelry designer from Canada who realized that not only does she have a crappy boss (herself), she’s got an unproductive employee (herself.)
Why? Her employee:
- often doesn’t show up to work
- comes and goes and she pleases
- treats her job as a hobby
The boss (herself) can’t fire her employee (herself).
Because if her boss looses her key employee, the company will fold.
Clearly it’s time to heal these working relationships to create a more productive work environment.
My recommendation was that her boss give her employee more praise and constructive feedback.
And that her employee get off her ass and stop taking her job for granted!
Clearly, they need to build mutual respect.
In her weekly mentoring update, she reported that she had done just that and had a much more productive work-week. She said,
“I now realize that daily praises work!!
They boost me to take extra steps!
So now I will continue with writing/creating praises for myself for my business to be my best cheerleader!!!”
Whether you are a full-time or a part-time artist:
- What kind of a boss are you?
- Would others want to work for you?
- What kind of an employee are you?
- What would your boss write in your annual review?
- Would others hire you?
Let us know in the comments below.
The truth will set you free!