“Hey Boss, how can I help?”
Few words are sweeter to anyone’s ear than those offering a helping hand and that is especially true for your boss. Bosses, in many ways, are like the expansion joint between slabs of concrete: they get squeezed from both sides.
If you find yourself in that second slot, it’s helpful to remember that being second in command can be even lonelier than being at the top. Being the best number TWO requires hard work and long hours, but there are distinct advantages to playing second fiddle. If you’re really good, your compensation is second only to her’s and while you may wish it were you receiving the accolades and praise when times are good, think of it this way: very few people know the second in command at General Motors when CEO Rick Wagoner was handed his pink slip recently. Sometimes being second lets you live to fight another day.