Don’t pick a job. Pick a Boss. WRONG!

Job vs Boss.

Don't pick a job. Pick a Boss

Don’t pick a job. Pick a Boss. Taken from wikipedia page 2017-11-01

Saw this phrase attributed to William Raduchel. The phrase is all over the place, linked in google, etc. I can not say for sure if he really wrote it. This is the phrase:

“Don’t pick a job. Pick a Boss. Your first boss is the biggest factor in your career success. A boss who doesn’t trust you won’t give you opportunities to grow”


The guy seems smart and all that, but I do not agree with the phrase ideas. Do not know enough about the author to be able to say anything else but I do NOT agree with this particular phrase or maybe is even taken out of context by people intentionally.

I guess people like the phrase because it’s like a pad on your back when you have a bad/horrible relationship for your boss.

That being said let’s get to it.

The boss you have is important, but the phrase does not apply to everyone and is far from “generalizable”. Is a problem with too many variables to be put in a tweet size message. I am just going to mention a few from my point of view:

  • Never a fan of messianic leaders solve everything know it all, perfect guy. Do something of yourself. You do not need X type of boss to improve professionally. You “might” need a good coach if you are starting and lost about the right route which is very common.

  • You get normally x amount of trust and about half of the time when you start. This initial trust will normally change dramatically when people get to know you and you deliver or lack there of :P. Normally more than 50% of the power to change that is in your own hands. Therefore It’s hard to know how much you will actually be trusted and if the trust will come from the beginning or be taken away from you.

  • This phrase comes out simplistic to me.

  • If your boss is a sociopath/psychopath you will probably not know during one to probably 3 interviews with him. Same applies to him about you. He does NOT know who and what you are for sure. There are different grades to this assertion.

  • There are very bad bosses and very good bosses and everything in between, but boss is not the only team member many times and not even relevant many times.

This is just my opinion and personal experience. I am not mentioning many other variables that can apply. Please feel free to share your opinion. I will inform my self about who William Raduchel is, maybe I agree with the gentleman on many other issues or maybe not. Appreciate the person who shared the phrase in LinkedIn, now I can not find the exact person anymore.

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