There’s an old joke. Two guys get together, and the first one says, “You know, I really feel like telling off the boss again.”
The second one says, “Again?”
“Sure,” comes the reply, “I felt like telling him off yesterday too!”
At some point, we all want to tell off the boss. It’s not limited to me. I’ve had ten bosses at my current job. Each of them probably wanted to tell off his/her boss too.
We seldom let loose in the face of authority. Mostly, we grumble to ourselves and suck it up. On those few occasions when emotion trumps restraint, it can be downright petrifying.
I remember one incredible screaming match with my bosses boss. This was nearly twenty years ago and I was much more hot headed… and expendable. He was hot headed too, so we just went at it.
I left that fight knowing I’d soon be fired.
I wasn’t and never figured out why. Trust me, it wasn’t because he liked my spunk¹!
Anyway, what brings this up is what was said by Rinker Buck, a reporter for the Hartford Courant. He told his bosses off – questioned the marching orders they’ve given, and he’s done so publicly.
He hadn’t finished the first paragraph of his rhetorical treatise when he said: