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Your Boss in Six Words: Six Words About Work Challenge #3

Monday, August 1st, 2011

By Larry Smith

We’re halfway through “Six Words About Work,” a special challenge from SMITH Magazine and Mercer consulting that asks you, in exactly six words, to define four areas of your work life. Challenge #3 is almost always interesting and nearly inescapable: bosses. In six words, we want to know about the best boss you’ve ever had, lessons learned (good and bad) from your bosses, and what it’s like to be the boss yourself. We’ll reward three hardworking six-word scribes (one each from the U.S., UK, and Canada) with a choice of an iPad2 or BlackBerry PlayBook. Good deal, right?

This topic’s judge is Tony Schwartz, founder of The Energy Project, a company that helps individuals and organizations fuel energy, engagement, focus and productivity. He’s the author of many bestselling books, including his recent Be Excellent At Anything: The Four Keys to Transforming the Way We Work and Live.. And as the co-author of Trump: The Art of the Deal, Tony certainly knows a thing or two about bosses.

Challenge #3 (of four challenges this summer) continues through August 13. All entries also are eligible to be part of a special Six Words About Work book we’re publishing this fall. Enter as often as you like (but only on the contest page, not the comments area of this post).

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39 responses

  1. mary jane says:

    Grumpy boss gave me roses. Unexpected.

  2. Mz_mew says:

    Love her. Hate her. Respect her.

  3. Milt23 says:

    My boss is almost always rite.

  4. mary jane says:

    Took blame for him many times.

  5. mary jane says:

    No matter what, stay loyal always.

  6. mary jane says:

    Your work reflects company…..and you!

  7. K.C. Jones says:

    Work for myself. Love my boss.

  8. Salvatore Buttaci says:

    He smiled me through my mistakes.

  9. Salvatore Buttaci says:

    He gave a goose for Christmas.

  10. Salvatore Buttaci says:

    Hired, wired, tired, and then fired.

  11. Salvatore Buttaci says:

    His punch clock punched all latecomers.

  12. Salvatore Buttaci says:

    Hired as bouncer I was bounced.

  13. Salvatore Buttaci says:

    I never got a gold watch.

  14. Salvatore Buttaci says:

    One day I called in Done.

  15. Salvatore Buttaci says:

    Lucky me, he couldn’t delegate work.

  16. Salvatore Buttaci says:

    He was Boss of All Bosses.

  17. Salvatore Buttaci says:

    I was just a negative number.

  18. Salvatore Buttaci says:

    A bonus? In my cereal box!

  19. Salvatore Buttaci says:

    My boss replaced me, Nepotistically speaking.

  20. Salvatore Buttaci says:

    We met again on unemployment lines.

  21. mary jane says:

    Boss let me takeover. WELCOME BACK!

  22. mary jane says:

    Boss is power. Employees the fountation.

  23. mary jane says:

    My boss. Successful man. Listen. Learn.

  24. lauren says:

    She desperately needs to get laid

  25. Tamara Elizabeth says:

    Work for myself, picketing my computer

  26. I Love My Job Very Much says:

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  27. Johanna Swift says:

    Reward me with appreciation and cash.

  28. Johanna Swift says:

    Paid vacation? Wow, this is new.

  29. Johanna Swift says:

    Caught talking behind the boss’s back.

  30. Johanna Swift says:

    Pregnant inmates, meet your empowered caregiver.

  31. Johanna Swift says:

    Talents like puzzle pieces, everyone fits.

  32. Johanna Swift says:

    First day back. I was missed.

  33. Johanna Swift says:

    The dishwasher knows where everything goes.

  34. Mary Crescenzo says:

    Me Myself and I worst taskmaster

  35. mary jane says:

    My boss. Best teacher I’ve experienced.

  36. mary jane says:

    Coffee and bagels make a good day.

  37. mary jane says:

    First my boss, then my friend.

  38. jeff m says:

    Makes me hard. A fair reward.

  39. Liesel says:

    Valued my opinion. Trusted my judgement.

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