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Big Boss Week 5: Joking with the Big Boss June 5, 2009

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Today marks the end of Big Boss Week.

Photo by Tom Godber

Photo by Tom Godber

I have one simple rule for joking with the Big Boss: don’t.

Look, I get it. I’ve been a boss. Bosses like to be both approachable and respected, with a touch of fear thrown in. Some of them stay in their ivory tower and only come down when you screw up; some of them walk among the commoners. Some of them inject themselves into meetings just to show willing; some of them actually get their hands dirty.

But no matter how many times you work with the Big Boss, no matter how many times he makes a humorous comment, no matter how he tries to get you to joke back… don’t. Don’t go down that road. Sure, it’s possible you’ll achieve success and make a friend, but more than likely you’ll end up saying something that will get you put into a doghouse from which you won’t ever escape.

Be polite. Be respectful. Laugh at his jokes. But don’t make any of your own. Trust me.

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1. CathrynG - June 5, 2009

Big bosses tend to be amused only by their own humor. Is that why you suggest not attempting to make your own jokes? Your final line leaves me wanting to know more!

2. robert lagow - June 5, 2009

I’ve always called ’em grand boss and great grand boss. Takes sizeism out of the equation.


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