Perhaps it’s the hardest, but sweetest managerial job on Earth: being a mom. She got the job with no tricky interview questions, her pay for what she does doesn’t jingle in her pocket and the job never ends, even in her sleep.
As a boss, you likely have no employee that tests your patience and the tensile strength of your sanity the way a child does to his or her mother.
Whether you are a mother, or paying respect to yours, moms need to be recognized for the multi-taskers they are, and for getting the job done without a handbook or an annual.
Here’s how mom, the boss, operates:
Discipline. Her policy is born out of unselfishness. The punishment she metes out is not to make the household more productive or a better place to live, but for you to simply be the best you can be. No strings attached. How strangely unlike the workplace.
Dress code. Nothing written down here—she just knew. When she packed you off to school, she made sure your clothes were clean and you looked neat. She understood the value of making a good presentation, although at the time, you didn’t.
Meetings. Simple. Whenever you need her advice. And they’ll last as long as you want them to.
Sick days. Take what you need. For her, none.
Her salary. Somehow at first, a fistful of dandelions is plenty. Then it’s hearing you say “thank you” to someone, unprompted. Then, graduation and watching you find your own way.
Come to think of it, the unprompted “thank you” should go to her.
Happy Mother’s Day.