"Ahhhhhh...." What was that? Personally, I think it was Sean Spicer exhaling. Because whatever your personal political leanings, I think we can all agree that serving as Donald Trump's White House Press Secretary pretty much defines the word 'challenging'. Trump is changeable, mercurial, and hard to track-on a good day. How on earth did a nice boy from Rhode Island-a Portsmouth Abbey grad!-end up between the White House press corps and Trump? Left: rock. Right: hard place.
To most of us, this is a familiar spot. Most of us have, at some point, worked for at least one boss who was....'challenging'. I have. Many of my friends and acquaintances have, too. The manager who required a long, exacting weekly report that was literally never opened. The one who called early morning meetings, requiring colleagues to rise at dawn to be on time, then personally arrived late to a location mere blocks from her own house. The one who took full credit for my friend's ideas and accomplishments. The one who let another friend be fired for doing exactly what he-the manager-had told him to do. All of which can be immensely frustrating.
But eventually, you realize you have 3 solid options: 1) Keep your head down and keep on keeping on. 2) Try to effect change from within. After all, not all bad bosses are intentionally bad. 3) Leave. Do something else.
Personally, I chose a version of option 3. Not in reaction to one specific manager, and certainly not without some significant soul-searching. Definitely not without weighing the pros and cons of being my own boss. (Pro: the buck stops here. Con: the buck stops here.) But in the end, I truly love working for myself. My job is energizing, interesting, and incredibly rewarding. I sell wine I like to people I like. Ahh, indeed.
I hope Mr Spicer's next act is equally gratifying.