“Haw the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!”
“I sent to them again to say It will be better to obey.”
You say you have one of those sweet Taurus bosses who never nags or fusses, and you don’t need any advice or tips on how to handle that complacent, dear, docile creature? You have him just where you want him-in the palm of your hand? Well, you’re certainly learning your Sun signs just in time to avoid a disaster. Before it’s too late, you’d better memorize the one major rule for dealing with a Taurean executive: Don’t try his patience too far.
It’s a tougher rule than it seems. If he’s a typical Taurus boss, he has such enormous patience, it’s downright tempting to try it. His manner is so peaceful and his disposition so spady, you’re apt to think of him as “good old Mr. Bearimple.” Then you’ll start treating him like a nice, shag;y bear, who’s a little stubborn perhaps, but kindly and perfday, you’re safe. But who knows what tomorrow may brirs? It may bring you sudden regret that you tried the pati;nce of your Taurus boss too far. You may wish you hadi’t imposed on his good nature with such casual confident. It’s not hard to see how you got on the wrong path. It bppens all the time to people who work for Taurean exeiutives. He’s so meek and understanding when you turn in i letter that’s sloppily typed, you may not bother to che;k your spelling too often afterwards. He’s so considerate when you mess up the figures on your semiannual rep’rt, you may be a little careless with your math on otbr papers. Since he doesn’t yell and glare at you when you take an extra half hour at lunch, you may try for an ixtra hour the next week, and gradually stretch it to twc hours. It’s so easy to slide into a fool’s paradise. Have yoi allowed yourself to drift into these lazy habits under the spell of your Taurean boss’s easy-going personality anc quiet manner? You’d better hang one of those “Danger-Ferocious Bull” signs (the kind you see out in the cointry) over your desk. It might save your life very sod, or at least your job, and sometimes one is pretty syonymous with the other. You can’t very well say to yoir landlord, “I’m sorry I’m three months behind on my ret:, but I haven’t found a new job yet. I got fired from my las one with no notice, because, you see, I had this boss wh> was born in May-and I didn’t understand about the
Taurean temper because of the Venus rulership. It was that darned Venus that fooled me.” If you find a landlord who won’t give you an immediate eviction notice after that explanation, you must live in the land of Oz.
It’s much easier to practice your Sun sign knowledge in the beginning. The reason your boss was so nice and unruffled when you typed that letter, made those mistakes in the report and lingered so long over your lunch hour, was not because he’s a nice, shaggy bear pushover. Nor was it because he’s too shy and timid to express his wishes or exert his authority. Frankly, he didn’t see any point in embarrassing you by making a big fuss over one or two or even a few goofs. He figured you had enough common sense (remember that phrase) not to repeat yourself like a broken record. He decided to watch you patiently to see if you were practical enough to profit by past errors on your own. Aye! There’s the rub! His patience was carefully calculated toward a definite purpose-to test you, and to give you a chance to prove your mettle. He admires people who learn the knack of disciplining themselves. He’s a self-made man. Why shouldn’t you be? He’s willing to give you the opportunity.
He is determined to give everyone a fair break. He won’t judge hastily. He won’t expect miracles overnight, nor will he mind if you’re a little slow in catching on to his methods and his very set procedures. You’ll be given a chance to find your way around, and hell look the other way more than once if you stumble in the dark. But make no innocent, naive mistakes about his ultimate goal. He wants things done his way. His way could conceivably be the way things were done when the Smith Brothers got together and decided to cure coughs, but to him, it’s the tried and true, proven method. Besides those fellows still cure his coughs! As long as his methods keep making money, he’s going to be loyal to them. He’s willing to waste plenty of his huge supply of patience to find employees who fit his cement mold. However, once you’ve pressed his patience too far, he will first balk, then snort in anger, and finally shout, “You’re fired!”-possibly at the top of his lungs. (At least it will seem loud, because it will be so emphatic.) Your only warning will probably will be that he failed to answer your cheerful, unsuspecting, “Good morning,” the previous day. Know beyond any doubt that he’s not going to change his mind after he’s decided to sack you. Nothing changes the Taurus mind, once it’s made up. He may give you a generous slice of severance pay, because he doesn’t want that cold-hearted landlord to throw you and your sick grandmother and the twelve children out in the snow. But he won’t give you any more chances once he’s firmly convinced himself that you’re dead weight to the company he cherishes only a shade less than he does his wife. It’s not that he is unkind. Your memory is short if you think that. His is not. Recall, as you read the classified ads for a new job, how kind he was for all those months when you were so carefully taking advantage of his faith in you.
The Taurean boss is a thoroughly practical soul. Although he needs to feel that his business allows him to express the beauty in his nature creatively, he needs even more to succeed materially. Taurus men are never satisfied to run a small business. They want to build it into a possible empire. The Taurus boss won’t be content without some expansion, however minor. There will be no dramatic, sweeping changes, and progress will proceed one step at a time. Hell build gradually, without flash or fanfare, but he’ll build. He sticks to anything he starts and finishes what he begins, and he’ll expect you to do the same thing.
Don’t try too many short cuts. He wants his facts plain, not fancy. Taurus bosses have no more patience with the art of gilding the lily than Capricorn executives. One of his favorite phrases will be, “Get to the point,” but he’ll say it without rancor or sarcasm. Lengthy preliminaries in explaining ideas make him nervous, though he’ll retain his outward immobility.
It will be frustrating when he refuses to budge an inch for your most exciting concepts, and when he won’t let you try out that new system you read about in Fortune (or picked up from your brother-in-law, who’s such a crackerjack promoter). Granted, sometimes he’s wrong for refusing to listen to progressive ideas, and you’ll feel smug when another company tries them first successfully. But over the long haul, when the final score is tallied, hell come out ahead. What if that new gadget he stubbornly rejected as “a harebrained abortion of some schizophrenic’s daydream” runs into a snag, and the company that zoomed ahead by using it suddenly goes bankrupt when the gadget backfires? Then your smugness will be replaced by a foolish feeling, and finally by respect for this sometimes grumpy, often obstinate, but kindly and understanding boss, who has such a practical head on his sturdy shoulders.
Taurus executives usually prefer football to baseball, and peace to noisy arguments. He’ll always try quiet common. sense discussions to avoid emotional scenes. Remember, common sense is his key phrase. But that doesn’t mean he’s lacking in imagination or appreciation of the finer things in life. You’ll be pretty sure to make a large hit with him if you wear good perfume and polish your nails with a rosy tint (if you’re a girl, that is). He loves nice smells and soothing, pastel colors. Youll also please him if you occasionally bring him a jar of home-made vichys-soise your mother cooked-but you’d better call it potato soup. Fancy names and titles don’t impress him as much as they make him uneasy. Men who work for a Taurean should wear quiet, blue ties, sensible shoes, and keep their feet on the ground, not on his desk.
You may chafe at his stubborn, bull-headed attitude at least once a week, but remember this about your Taurus -boss: he’s also stubborn about being loyal to people who never let him down. Be one of those people, and you’ll never have to fear the dangerous bull. He’s really quite gentle if the red flag of defiance isn’t waved in his face too often. Grab some concrete blocks, and help him build his empire. He’ll be glad to share it with you, if you deserve it. Promotion he understands. Featherbedding he does not. “Good old Mr. Bearumple” will expect you to carry your own weight, but he’ll always give you a lift when the load gets heavy. He’s strong and dependable. He says what he means and he means what he says. You won’t need an interpreter. If he says you’re a blockhead, leave quickly and quietly and don’t quibble. If he says “You’ll do well enough,” you have real job security. That means you’ve passed his test of loyalty, sincerity, ability and potential. Move to the head of the class. You’ve made the honor roll. Congratulations! Don’t let it swell your hat size, and you have a promising future ahead of you.