How to Be a Boss: 16 Tips from The Good Fight
by Shopify Editorial Team Founder Stories May 11, 2019 5 minute read Leave a comment Email Pinterest Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
So you wanna be a boss. Netflix and
chill will yourself to get off the couch already. How to Be a Boss (According to Your Favorite Shows) is your excuse to binge all the TV you want. It’s career inspiration, right?
Being a founder can sometimes feel like being in a battle: the competition is fierce, and hours of hard work may be subject to a lot of judgment. Through tireless researching, preparing, and strategizing, what often keeps people going is passion for what they’re doing and a vision of what’s possible. If this sounds like it could be you, you’re fighting “the good fight”—and tbh, The Good Wife spinoff (on CBS and the W Network) of that same phrase can provide a whole lotta inspo to keep going.
Think about it. Whether it’s finding the perfect defense or figuring out solutions to problems that arise along the way, the lawyers at Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart get the work done—and done well. And that’s exactly what it’s like to be a founder. So here’s to their guidance on how to persevere with a positive outlook. (Oh, and having a power suit worthy of Diane Lockhart doesn’t hurt either.)
1. You are a boss—so dress like one.
2. That doesn’t mean resigning yourself to stuffy suits. Make a statement, and demand the attention you deserve.
3. Clients can get hella demanding, but always keep your eyes on the prize.
4. That said, don’t lose sight of who you are and what matters to you most—laptop stickers can be a helpful reminder.
5. Things don’t always go according to plan, but don’t let haters see you sweat. Perfect your poker face.
6. Use your powers for good—like trying to keep your investigator from getting kicked out of the country.
7. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, even if you don’t quite know what that entails.
8. You’re unique, so don’t feel like you have to conform to someone else’s approach to business. Do you. I mean, let’s be real, while Roland Blum doesn’t exactly fit the typical idea of what a lawyer looks, sounds, or acts like, he is definitely shaking things up.
9. Even so, be wary of people who bend the rules a little too far, including Roland.
10. Whether it’s on paper, or on your phone, take note of important meetings so you know exactly what was said—and what wasn’t.
11. Network outside of your conventional circles. You never know what may happen when you connect with new people. (Consider joining a “book club”.)
12. Shared office spaces can be another fun way to meet new people and—like, in Roland’s case—test how long you can go without doing any actual work before someone notices.
13. Work can get wild, so find someone who can partake in a good vent sesh with you.
14. Or maybe you prefer to decompress solo?
15. Always remember: you’ve got this. Don’t take anyone’s BS.
Words by Ishani Nath
Feature image CBS Studios International