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Q & A with Paul Downs

Author of Boss Life: Surviving My Own Small Business

Paul had the oppurtunity to be interviewed by consultant Paul Axtell about his new book Boss Life: Surviving My Own Small Business. Below is a brief excerpt on Paul Axtell’s Designing Conversations That Work

Axtell: Paul, you wrote: “You can’t understand a boss without knowing what he goes home to.” Please share more of your thinking about this.

Downs: You can evaluate a boss with objective metrics: growth, profit, whatever you can measure. And that may be enough. If you want to get a better sense of how someone operates and why they are the way they are, you need to look deeper. Who is that person? Why do they do what they do? Were they born that way or are they reacting to circumstances? And what are the circumstances? Are they only work events or is there more?

Ideally, the time spent away from work gives the boss an opportunity to rest and prepare for the next challenge. However, that’s not guaranteed. Personally, I found that having a special needs child led me to decide not to work long hours and to make sure I didn’t arrive home with my batteries completely discharged. That undoubtedly had an effect on the growth and success of my company.

Paul Downs, Author of Boss Life: Surviving My Own Small Business

To continue learning about how Paul Downs survived his own small business read more at Paul Axtell’s blog or purchase your copy of Boss Life: Surviving My Own Small Business at your local bookstore.

Part one: http://paulaxtell.com/qa-with-paul-downs-author-of-boss-life/

Part two: http://paulaxtell.com/1751-2/


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