Love your Boss?

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Love Your Boss Logo_SubtextLove your boss? Tell us why, and enter to win an iPad mini!

If you are like most Eller students, you spent this summer collecting resume items at an internship or other summer job. Often the caliber of this experience is affected by your boss at that job.

Josh Bersin from Bersin by Deloitte recently wrote an article for LinkedIn extolling the guidance and mentorship he received from his first boss, a man whose actions would help shape Bersin through his career:

“His philosophy was to give great advice, help us succeed, and always work as a team. I looked up to him and always “copied” what he did to make myself better. The few times he gave me specific advice, I really listened.”

Now we want to know, did you “love your boss?” What did you learn from him or her that you will take with you through the remainder of your college career and beyond?

Nominate your boss for a “Love Your Boss” award, and be entered to win an iPad mini for you AND your boss. We’ll notify your boss that you nominated him/her, and thank them for helping you have a good summer experience.

Use the Rafflecoptor entry below and be sure to leave a comment on this blog post and share with us what you learned from your boss.

Nominations are open Sept. 2-12.

An example of a great nomination comes from a reflection by Eller’s own Gannon Thute:

“My boss was exactly what I was looking for at the outset of this experience—someone who could mentor me in my professional development, as well as provide a great connection for me in the future. Working for him was a pleasure, as I felt throughout the summer I gained a greater sense of confidence and comfort in my work due to his teaching.”

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  1. My boss was great because he didn’t only assign projects, he was always there for never ending support and guidance. He was always aware of what I was learning.

  2. I have had a wonderful experience working with Laura this summer in the College of Public Health. She always went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable and welcomed. Her lively spirit and sweet demeanor consistently made me want to come into work and the way she walked me through assignments made me never want to leave! Laura is one of the most patient people I know – not just with me but with every person she comes in contact with – and that alone made the daily operations at work run much more smoothly. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have had to work with someone that helps me grow personally and professionally.

  3. My boss was a strong collective leader. He would first allow me to think further about critical questions before he would give the answer(s). This allowed me to reflect and sometimes answer the question on my own. Not only was my boss phenomenal he also is an alumini from the University of Arizona!

  4. My boss was great! She started her own PR firm and helps great companies get their names out to the media. Even though employees worked from home, she strived to keep everyone motivated by frequent email check-ups, dinner meetings and would even send out emails highlighting peoples successes throughout the week. She taught me to try new things because you will never know if you are good at something or enjoy something unless you tried. She taught me how to write a blog for the company, come up with new pitches for our clients and even allowed me to go to a couple news stations (Good Morning Arizona and Sonoran Living) and help to set up a visual for our clients products prior to the segment. Interning for her and the entire team at Pitch Public Relations was an overall awesome experience.

  5. I had an amazing internship this summer with DAT Solutions (a subsidiary of Roper Industries) in Portland Oregon. My bosses both allowed me to venture out on a long leash and creatively take on my own projects. Their guidance not only helped me develop my own ideas, but also taught me how to push forward a business plan. As a product management intern I took part in some of the company’s paramount business initiatives, and was given exposure to executive management (including the company’s president). They created a priceless & unforgettable opportunity and for that reason I LOVE MY BOSSES.

  6. I had an incredible learning experience at my internship with R&R Partners in Los Angeles this summer. My boss, Preston, was very supportive and open to communication. He would assign projects for me to do and give me the opportunity to figure things out rather than micromanage, but I always felt comfortable asking him questions if I wasn’t sure what to do. Preston would also make sure that I am getting the most out of my internship by asking me if there was anything in the ad agency that I would like to learn more about or to see. Because of him, I gained a lot of knowledge in many different aspects of advertising rather than being limited to my role as an Account Mangement Intern.

  7. I worked and have worked at a local hobby shop called Amazing Discoveries for the past two years. My experience there has been nothing short of… well… amazing. My boss, who has recently taken a step back, has given me the freedom to learn and to help build the business on my very own. As a business student this has granted me priceless experience and confidence that I can apply in the business world. He offers just enough direction for employees to reach their goals without removing critical thinking and problem solving. As I mentioned, I have been at Amazing Discoveries for two years now and I have had the pleasure of watching the business grow from my bosses one man operation to a twelve person, $1,000,000/year grossing business. I am very grateful to have had this opportunity and I hope I can one day show that!

  8. I am currently employed at the Office of Student Computing Resources (OSCR-UITS) by Karina Mc Cune, and I have nothing but praise for my boss. Karina has shown me the ropes to help me become literate with not only computers but people as well. She is quick to acknowledge our accomplishments and improvements, as well as instructively guide us when errors are made. In addition to being a great boss Karina encourages the improvement of skill-sets and always has an open ear for questions and concerns. I do not view her as an “intimidating” employer, but more as a colleague. She is always a fun person to be around and always brings an uplifting feel to the workspace. Karina always makes sure that the OSCR labs are running efficiently by addressing; student, faculty, and staff needs/concerns. Karina cares about our academic work and helps make a flexible schedule that will not conflict. Karina always prioritizes our academics over her inconveniences, and is always very understanding and helpful. The list goes on and on, I could not ask for a better boss.

  9. Richard is a great boss because he showed me how to become a great leader and taught me the skills and attitude it takes to become successful. Working for Richard helped me become the professional I am today and by coaching me through difficult problems I never though I would be able to troubleshoot by myself. He always go above and beyond for the business and his passion is visible and rubs off on everyone he works with. He makes work fun and leads by example. Another great thing about working for Richard is his willingness to give you helpful feedback. He walks you through your strengths and weaknesses and shows how you to be even greater. I have worked for many people and Richard is by far the best boss.

  10. Advancing my career at this point in my education is one of my main priorities, which is why I chose to intern with Alta Vista Analysis Group, a forensic accounting firm specializing in litigation. The owner of the company, David Schwickerath, not only served as my boss, but as a true mentor this summer.

    From the beginning, he treated me with respect and confided in me, assigning me tasks which eventually played a huge role for our clients. There was never a time when I felt like I was looked down on as “just an intern”. His attitude and passion for his company made me want to work even harder and produce work that was nothing short of stellar.

    Forensic accounting was an entirely new field for me, which really helped me not only broaden my accounting skills, but refine them as well. David always made himself available and patiently made sure that I understood the nature of the work and clients we were working with, all while giving me complete control of my schedule and assignments. When it came to assignments, David would have me analyze my work to help me understand the concepts, just as any professor at Eller would. In just the first two weeks of school, David’s work has already helped me tremendously in the classroom. One of my favorite parts of the internship was our lunch meetings. We would often meet over lunch to discuss the latest project and client, which may or may not have quickly shifted into conversation about the World Cup, NBA Draft or University of Arizona sports.

    David not only left me with great work experience, but great connections as well. Networking is such a huge element of business today and David introduced me to multiple points of contact in the Phoenix area. He expanded my network immensely and has opened many doors for me going forward.

    This summer was definitely an unforgettable summer. A large portion of it has to do with my forensic accounting internship with Alta Vista Analysis Group under my boss, David Schwickerath.

  11. My boss this summer was great because he is not only very intelligent and wise, but he also has a great vision and is good about helping those working for him achieve it without micromanaging them.

  12. This summer I worked as the honors student coordinator at the Eller College of Management’s Undergraduate Programs Office. My boss, Aubrey Anglemyer, is the honors advisor for the college and an exemplary boss! She is clear and organized when it comes to the tasks that she wants me to complete, and is supportive and helpful whenever I need assistance. Aubrey gives me a variety of projects that require different skills, so I am constantly learning. I also like this set up because I don’t have to sit at my computer and work on excel files everyday, I experience different aspects of being a coordinator, such as event planning, communicating with others, and being creative. My relationship with my boss is a good balance of professional and laid back. We can get work done and rely on each other, but also just sit back and have a casual conversation. I also appreciate my boss because she allows me to work on a very flexible schedule. She knows how busy I can get, so she just gives me a heads up of the work she wants done for the week and lets me pick my hours. I am so glad that I have a great boss to look up to and learn from, and I’m excited to continue to work with her this academic year!

  13. This summer I interned at Starwood Hotels in their Financial Reporting Department. The best thing about my internship was my boss, Jeff Lee. Throughout my internship Jeff was always providing me with work that would help to further my career and my learning, not just giving me busy work. Whenever I had questions about my career or my future, he was always willing to give me an honest opinion of what would be best for me and what he went through when he was in my situation. It was also excellent to be around someone that is extremely motivated and driven because it only makes me want to be better and improve myself. Interning with him this summer has not only made me understand the accounting profession better, but it has provided me with someone that I know I can go to if I have a question about anything in my future.

  14. This past summer I interned as a marketing intern with SAP in Houston, TX. SAP is a multinational company that creates enterprise software to help companies run their business. I worked for eight weeks and had to opportunity to work with Jennifer Larson. Jennifer, being my boss, was extremely patient with me in regard to learning some company information and also provided so many opportunities for me to capitalize on. She was absolutely fantastic and this summer internship was one of the most if not the most memorable and educationally rewarding. I got my first taste of the workplace this summer and I realized how important networking and lingering relationships are. I want to say thank you to my boss Jen, and also… RUN SAP!

    1. Joey – thank you for posting your story regarding your internship at SAP and with Jen. As Jen’s manager, nothing makes me more proud to see us take the tall task of professional development seriously and effectively. I witnessed first-hand your contribution to SAP in a very small window of time. You were great. I think if there were a “Love your intern” contest, Jen would have been the first to post.

      Cheers. Good luck. And keep in touch.

      Jeff

  15. As the Marketing Director for Laura Tanzer, LLC I could not have asked for a more engaging, creative and productive atmosphere in which to learn and work this summer. The owner/clothing designer, Laura, provided me with the kind of advice, encouragement and freedom that I could only hope to receive from a boss. I was given the responsibility of expanding her brand, first locally then nationally, and was in charge of everything from outreach to potential buyers to the creation of a “look book” portfolio of her complete fashion line.

    The experience was nothing short of superb. At every meeting, my ideas were well received and many were implemented immediately into the ongoing marketing campaign. Laura was patient, receptive, responsive and made me feel as if I was truly helping her to grow her business. This is what I appreciated the most- her trust. I was given a remarkable amount of responsibility and trusted fully to make it happen, with appropriate guidance along the way. I will carry with me this new-found confidence, ability and all that I have learned from this experience for the rest of my life.

  16. My boss at Enterprise was wonderful. She came from a similar setting being an Eller student from Arizona and being a self starter. Consistently, she would go out of her way to mentor me to be a manager. Over the summer by boss gave me constant feedback about how I was doing and would always write up progress reports and goals to keep me moving on the right track. Coming from very little sales experience at the beginning to consistently beating my quota at the end I have been set up for success in future ventures and I have my boss to thank for that.

  17. This Summer I was an Intern at Quicken Loans with the Escrow Team in Detroit MI. The skills and experience gained from this program were invaluable to my professional development, allowing me to work on projects from data analysis to investor reporting. Throughout this internship, I genuinely looked forward to coming in and seeing what new projects and challenges awaited me and what skills I would be able to take away at the end of each day.

    Of course, this whole experience would not have been remotely as beneficial or enjoyable without the guidance of my mentors, Nicole Scully and Kaitlin Paulk. These two leaders, the Director of Escrow and Escrow Analysis Team Leader, respectively, showed me the value in leading by example and developing a personal relationship with colleagues and team members.

    Nicole and Kaitlin both took the time to ensure I was given challenging projects that added value to both myself and the team. They asked me about my ultimate professional goals and tailored their mentorship to match this by assigning me tasks related to these goals. On more than a few occasions, this involved going out of their way to put me on projects outside our team solely for my personal benefit.

    Whenever I asked to learn something new, my mentors were either on the phone or composing an email within minutes in order to set me up with classes or other learning opportunities. They had a philosophy that knowledge equaled power, and that getting me the training I wanted would empower me professionally, even if not necessarily within the time-frame of the program.

    Outside of work, both Nicole and Kaitlin never hesitated to start a conversation, invite me to join them at bars, or pull a prank on occasion. They seemed equally as concerned with my personal development as they did with my professional development, which made returning to Tucson last month all the more difficult.

    At the end of the day, what really made these two stand out was when I would talk to fellow interns and discuss our experiences. When I gathered that many of my fellow interns were relegated to data entry or production related tasks and had little relationship with their mentors, I realized just how lucky I was to get these two astonishing leaders to guide me this summer.

    To Nicole and Kaitlin: Thank You. Your guidance, examples and friendship genuinely changed me for the better. I only hope that I am able to emulate your mentorship and leadership abilities in the future.

    1. As a note, since I did nominate two mentors (it would be impossible to nominate one and not the other), if selected I will be giving my iPad to Kaitlin Paulk.

  18. Ashley is an amazing and exceptional leader. She is a reliable person with a very strong problem solving skills. Makes the impossible possible – that’s her! She is a role model to me.

  19. Over the summer, I had the chance to live my dream working at the incredible Nike WHQ campus in Beaverton, Oregon. The culture, the people, and the experience as a whole was amazing, but what made it truly unforgettable was the opportunity I had to work for a manager with intelligence, experience, patience, and passion. Chris Susen truly cared about my understanding of the job, and made it a point to draw out diagrams and explain things in metaphors so that they were easy to comprehend and remember. He was dedicated to helping me succeed, but also wanted me to have fun by encouraging me to attend the various activities that took place on campus. He spent what little time he had to teach me and guide me through my challenging role as a Marketing Operations Intern. His tasks weren’t simple, but I learned a lot and came to really appreciate the hard work and skill that it takes to work in his position. Chris Susen made my two months at Nike more enjoyable and more extraordinary than they would have otherwise been, and I have him to thank for a genuinely invaluable job experience!

  20. Over the summer, I had the chance to live my dream working at the incredible Nike WHQ campus in Beaverton, Oregon. The culture, the people, and the experience as a whole was amazing, but what made it truly unforgettable was the opportunity I had to work for a manager with intelligence, experience, patience, and passion. Chris Susen truly cared about my understanding of the job, and made it a point to draw out diagrams and explain things in metaphors so that they were easy to comprehend and remember. He was dedicated to helping me succeed, but also wanted me to have fun by encouraging me to attend the various activities that took place on campus. He spent what little time he had to teach me and guide me through my challenging role as a Marketing Operations Intern. His tasks weren’t simple, but I learned a lot and came to really appreciate the hard work and skill that it takes to work in his position. Chris Susen made my two months at Nike more enjoyable and more extraordinary than they would have otherwise been, and I have him to thank for a genuinely invaluable job experience!

  21. This summer was my second summer working at a resort as a valet. However, it was my first summer as a supervisor and also with my new boss Chris. Soon after Chris transferred to the resort I was working at, he promoted me to supervisor. Since the day I met him he has not stopped mentoring me on different aspects on running a business. Every shift I work with him, he helps improve my leadership, communication, and customer service skills by assisting me with different situations and showing me how to handle them the best way possible. I know without Chris as a mentor, I would not be the leader I am today.

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