Avoiding the New Boss Blues

No matter how you got to the point where you are today, be ready for the letdown.

If you establish yourself as one with little regard for the rules, do not be surprised when your troops begin to challenge you. If you disregard the rules, you will engender an example that will come back to bite you on the butt. This is critical.

I am sure that I will share a few more bits of wisdom with you as the months pass and we move further on down the road to helping you become a better officer. Rome was not built in a day. The same is true with regard to your career as an officer. Let me close by saying that no one will ever become perfect.

However, if you fail to work at self-improvement, I can guarantee that you will travel a long road as you sit in the right front seat of your fire truck. It isn't easy and it doesn't happen without effort on your part. No one just becomes a leader. Each of us who has been granted the privilege of leading others has had to learn how to do the job.

So it is with you. You are nothing special. Yet at the same time you are very special. You have the ability to influence the manner in which people work. If you are good they will be good. If you are not good, they will not be good. In either case the people in your world will see what you are doing. You cannot hide from the truth.

I hope that this week's visit with you has been of some assistance. Be sure to share your thoughts with me. That is the only way that I can make this sharing process better. You can reach me a drharrycarter@optonline.com.