Introduction: My Thoughts on Fear

Bad Boss No Biscuit!

More than any emotion, I have always believed that fear motivates us to be who and what we are. The where and the why have a lot to do with it, too. The when works its way in our lives every day. And the how is why I am writing this book.

From the dawn of man, we have had the fight or flight responses to our environment. These kept most early man from being prey.

For some unlucky few however, fear froze them in the path of an oncoming fate they somehow knew was about to end them. Survival, back then, was inherent upon seeing the problem, taking control and evolving.

We got smarter, but fear was still the motivator for almost every aspect of our lives. We feared starving and freezing so we created gardens and clothes, all vital steps that brought us to where we are today.

Now just in case you think this introduction was printed in the wrong book, it wasn’t.

In most contemporary societies, fear of change, success or even doing the right thing creates the “deer in the headlight” look. We don’t flee and we can’t stop the car so that which we could change becomes our undoing.

And the sad part is the impact is not always quick. Sometimes, a single decision and its consequences can take years to drain you of your strength, self-respect, and happiness.

Some say “life is just beating me down”. But we have more control than we think. To quote “The Eagles” “so often times it happens that we live our lives in chains and we never even know we have the key”.

We have leisure time now, work time, family time. And yet, all the time management guru’s in the world can’t give us more time. We each have the same 24 hours in a day. We get up, most of us go to work and get our pay. And we feel ok, pretty good, and even great about it.

Now that we have thought of how we evolved into the productive, intelligent, and creative people we are then we have to look at what we do with our working lives. Gone are the days when we broke the sod, planted, sowed, canned, ate, and repeated the harvest.

We invented things like the wheel to take things to market, scales to weigh them, paper and metal money, well…you get the picture. Everything changes so that everything can continue to change.

People began to see how to do things faster, easier and with less strain on workers. Others realized that breaks kept things more productive and workers stayed safer and were more committed.

The assembly line revolutionized more in the work place and with unions, workers protection, rules and laws made it better for every worker out there. Things were good for those who worked for good people.

However, every basket of apples has the potential of rot. The irony is that the apple on the top is the one most exposed to all the good things…sun, air, moisture but are also the very things that turn them. One bad apple and you have a basket of ruined fruit.

So, this venture comes down to just one thing. What makes a good boss and what makes a bad one?

This book will be true accounts of things that have happened to me and others who want to share in their revelations. I will, of course not reveal the real names of any person, company, agency, or the people who have trusted me to keep them anonymous.

This is out of respect for the people still there, the people who might someday work there, and to of course stay out of court.

My promise to you is that I will be honest about the mistakes I made. And of the laws, rules, and principles that were broken even when I did not make any.

Thanks to those who shared this journey with me. And thanks for those who are now reading about it.

K. Lee Alexander

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