Autos of beauty
I inherited a nature, a trait that prevented me from being a great boss. I actually ‘agonized’ over the fact when I had to fire someone. I hired a young man once who really wanted to be a ‘carpenter’. After a few weeks, I knew he would never make it on our small crew. I knew it had to be done. I was relieved when I called him over to the side. He looked me square in the eye and said dejectedly, “I ain’t working out, am I?”
“No son, you need to look for another line of work. You have a good work ethic. I will give you a good reference in that area.” I felt bad, so when payday came I doubled his week’s pay then said good luck. I am a push over.
I am NOT a landlord either. I tried that, OUCH! WE have had rentals for years but someone else manages the property now. We pay him 10% to be the tough guy.
Daddy on the left Uncle Oscar on the right.
It is a family trait I guess. I have learned that I can ‘collect a debt or get a job redone for someone else, but not for myself. My uncle Oscar found the best way to handle that. I will never forget his tact. Oscar owned several businesses in his life, but a customer never knew it. IF a problem came up, his answer was always, “I’ll talk to the boss about that.”
When he sold used cars if the customer paid the price asked it was great. BUT if the customer wanted to dicker he would say, “The boss gives me a little room to dicker, but in this case I need to call him.” Then Oscar would go in the office by himself but in view and pick up the phone, dial something then talk and hang up. Returning to the customer he would say, “He can’t do that, but will take $xxx.” Most of the time he would make the sell.
Once I made Chief Petty Officer in the USN, I did LEARN to give a direct order, but seldom did; most of the time it was in the form as a request.
I do wish I had learned Uncle Oscar’s technique earlier, if I had Sherry would have always been the boss of Darnell’s Construction. LOL Then she could have taken the blame for my bad decisions. ;-).