My Millennial Boss:

Artsy Fartsy Parrot Mama
7 min readJul 13, 2022

The story of true leadership and how it impacted my life and career

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At age 39, I’d been working for at least 25 years. I’d had a few vacations here and there, but I’d never taken any serious time off between jobs.

I worked for a major hospital system. My boss was inept, lazy, and unwilling to do his own work. He liked it better when I did his work.

When he showed his abusive side, I realized I was not willing to accept this behavior in exchange for a paycheck.

Not anymore.

I am smart.

I am capable.

I collect skills like some people collect baseball cards.

I have my fucking master’s degree.

And I am a gritty-ass hustler and I had done some pretty shitty jobs and I had put in my time.

So I put in my notice, and three weeks later, I was gone.

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I had several interviews with a larger health system, but they had issues, too.

For one job, I endured four interviews and the final insult of an acute examination of my qualifications, old fashioned high school oral test style…



Artsy Fartsy Parrot Mama

Book nerd and freelance writer finding gold in ordinary places. And I always follow back.