I can now say that I have a staff of four. Well, technically, they’re not my employees, but they are willing to help me out until I get the newspaper on its feet. Then I may think about hiring them for real.
I’ve been the boss before, but I’ve been fortunate. My days at the Mount Mercy Times were more of a team effort. I think I may have had to throw my weight around only a few times, and even then, the casualties were minor.
But that’s just not my style. I know I’ll have to get gruff once in a while, especially when it will be my own newspaper at stake, but I don’t think I have to be a you-know-what to get my point across.
Still, I can’t let them walk all over me either.
Is it possible to be a kind and understanding boss, but still get the respect that is essential to make the business run smoothly?
That might be something I have to work at. Let’s face it; everyone is capable of having their dark side emerge from time to time. It just depends on if you allow it. Believe me, I have had some bosses who didn’t care if they hurt the feelings of others, and some I wondered of it actually made them feel good to do it.
I definitely won’t be like that, but I have a feeling that I won’t always be the nice person I am 99% of the time. I think I will do anything to see this newspaper get on its feet and if that means firing someone to do that, I will.
It doesn’t sound like much fun, but it might be necessary. I hope not, but it’s always a possibility, and I’m just being realistic.
But maybe I’m worried about nothing, and everyone will do what I say when I say it and I won’t have someone coming up to me deadline day and say they didn’t get a story written or a picture taken.