It’s tough to be a boss.  So today is a great time to thank those who have taken on the challenge.

It’s tougher to be a good boss.  And any good one will always be working to get better.  One  way to get better is to observe other bosses.

So – let’s celebrate National Boss Day (today), by thanking and learning from some great Chapelboro bosses. 
What makes these bosses great?  
It seems to be about…well…read these eight stories and see what you think.  

1.  Ray Austin – former manager of Western Auto.

In just two words, Ray Austin sent a strong career lesson to 15 year old Mick Mixon.
It’s a message all bosses need to hear. Read and listen to Mick in Kudos to Ray Austin .

2.  Chancellor William Aycock – Chancellor at Carolina  from 1957-1964.  

Chancellor Aycock commanded great respect. 
Find out how  in: Kudos to Chancellor Bill Aycock

3.  Michael Barefoot – founder of A Southern Season.
What happens when people fail at A Southern Season? 
Find out in Kudos to Michael Barefoot.

4.  Basnight Sons & Daughter
– Owners of S.H. Basnight & Sons.
SH Basnight & Sons was founded 87 years ago by Stein Basnight and is now run by two of his grandchildren, Jesse Basnight Jr and Terry Hamlet. 
Their secrets to success?
 Eight great ones are revealed in Basnight Family Secrets.  
Secrets 5-8 in particular are outstanding reminders for bosses everywhere.
5.  Chris Derby – Owner of two UPS Stores.
A visit to mail packages at one of Chris’ stores made me curious. 
What were his secrets to success?
UPS Stores Do Good Business reveals secrets shared by Chris and his team.
And demonstrates one of the most important reminders for bosses everywhere.
6.  Mac Fitch – Owner of Fitch Lumber Company.
Fitch Lumber Company is 104 years old, the oldest business in town. 
Freddy Foust has worked there for 27 of those years. When asked why he has stayed at Fitch for 27 years, Freddy’s immediate answer was “Mac Fitch”.  
Hmm – sounds like a good boss to study. Read more in Fitch Family Secrets.
7.  Joe Hakan– Architect for the Dean Smith Center.
Most bosses think they make their expectations clear. Most people reporting to them disagree. And this disconnect causes much discord. 
In Great Expectations at the Dean Dome,  learn how  Joe cut off potential discord by making expectations clear from the start.

8.  Chancellor Carlyle Sitterson – Chancellor at Carolina from 1966-1972.
Being a good boss during peaceful times is hard enough. 
Even in tumultuous times, Chancellor Sitterson got kudos for being a good boss. 

What about you?  Think about a great boss you’ve had.  What made him or her great?  Will you tell us? 
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