This is for all of you out there who worked under a great boss, and for some reasons, don't do it anymore. Someone reminded me of this a couple of days ago... and I think it's my duty to recognize a great boss when I see one. You see, in all your ad life you will meet some awful people. You might get desilutioned and think all bosses are the same.
Wait. Why a requiem? Did someone die? No. This requiem has a different meaning than the actual one. It only means that your time together changed or was lost. So, like a requiem does, I'd like to honor someone and write about what it feels like to work under the best boss you will ever meet. By the way, my greatest boss was my previous Creative Director.
I met this man a couple of years ago. I had left many ad agencies, trying to look for something worth while to do. I just thought I didn't click with my last ad agencies. I was desperate, and I think it showed. So, when I met him, he gave me a job. He knew I wasn't happy and he gave me a chance.
So... months go by, and I seem to like my job. Most of all, he made it fun. We had long talks about what was right and what wasn't. We talked like normal people, peers to be exact, even though we sometimes didn't think the same or agreed in a point. What I loved about working with this man was the fact that he understood and respected my opinion, while making me work harder than anybody else. In all my time with him, he made me want to never give in to one great idea, he always pushed me to think harder and do it better. No one, ever, had that effect on me.
Even more weird for you ad people out there: he became one of my dearest friends.
For reasons that I can't go into, we went our separate ways. Even though I couldn't handle him leaving and quit months after, it's ok. Life is a roller coaster, you sometimes feel great and sometimes don't. I understand now that this man was put in my life for a reason: making me learn and be better in what I do. He was my Mary Poppins. He made it all ok and then, the wind changed. He had to go.
Great people can come and go.
Excellent human beings live within you, forever.