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This is as much of a tribute blog as I could construct.  It’s not sycophantic, it’s sincere.  It’s still #PunkHR though because it’s not how most people would pay homage to someone who’s looked out for them, looked after them, guided them and backed them to the hilt.  Even when things got complicated, tricky and difficult and it didn’t go to the agreed plan.

It started in 2009 with that incoming new boss feeling.  You know the one – that “ooh what are they going to be like?” and most importantly for me “will they get me?”  I both love and loathe in equal measure the parting of company with bosses and the establishment of a relationship with a new boss.  I’ve had some amazing ones in my time.  And like everyone, I’ve had some utter planks.

I don’t set out to be an awkward individual.  I’m responsive, adaptable and capable of changing most of the way I do things to suit another’s preferred style of leadership, management or supervision – whatever they deem appropriate.

Being a Punk though, after a while, if their style gets in the way, I rebel and I work around them.  If they are utterly underwhelming and uninspiring, I seek out and get that from elsewhere, from other people.  If they are utterly inept, then I’ll just cut them out completely and do whatever the heck I want to do the job I have been employed to do with the utmost creativity, energy and impact.

Now, when you get someone who is open, willing, able, who gets you, who loves what you do, who has the quiet word in the ear, who understands your motivations, who absolutely gets the best from you then that’s that rarity that is the inspirational boss.  Someone who I would – literally – take the bullet for.

I have now embarked on something new for my career proposition where I may never have another boss again.  No-one to be inspired by or dismayed by; and for that I am both sad and excited.

  • Sad because I’ve just left a boss who is the inspiration behind my words above.
  • Excited because the planks I’ve had are probably still living out their petty mediocrities somewhere else driving some poor so-and-so up the wall.

Let’s not dwell on the planks though.  They’re not what this is about however they DO make you appreciate the inspirers more.

Now the tribute – from the off, she was into everything I had already done and believed in it.  I felt valued already.  What was staggering was the immediate support and intervention provided when others didn’t get me and went on the attack.  She took some heat, and gave me advice and most of all was there in a non-judgemental and guiding manner.  This was SO important to me at a time when I was still finding my feet as a Head of function with a budget and key leadership role to fulfill.

She then backed everything I suggested and rarely even questioned why.  She admitted to being amazed by some of the suggestions; recognised so much of why things were being suggested and most of all TRUSTED me that things were the right things to do.

She stepped into the limelight when it was right to do so and she took the flak when she didn’t need to but did it anyway.  Unbelievably valued interventions – and JUST when it was right to do so.

As a boss, you like to know there’s transparent, honest dialogue – never any doubt.  Fantastic at discretion, immense in sharing, valuable in giving advice, open to receiving it and just open to new ideas at each and every turn.

Here’s a classic example of how fantastic she was.

A round the table discussion at a management meeting

The leader says in turn – “So Manager X, you do that plus this by then; And Manager Y you do this and that by then; and Perry, <pause and think> just keep doing what you do.”

No greater testimony ever existed to how much someone trusted, valued and believed in me.  I’ll never get that again. That’s partly why I don’t think I’ll ever have a boss again.  It’s inconceivable that I could find a repeat of what I have had for over 3 years.

I’ll now look after myself, my enterprise and work with clients.  I’ll put my heart and soul into whatever I do with them as I know no other way, but there will never be another boss to top the one I’ve just left.

There’s a lesson here I guess, love your rebels for their rebelliousness and you’ll get them to outperform time and again.  Even rebels need someone to look after them; believe in them and inspire them.

I have memories I will treasure for a long time I hope to renew our collaboration as a rebellious duo of HR Punk-consultants.