Thanks for the Career Advice, Boss

It's National Boss Day. You did remember to bring in the fancy cookies and a card, right?

If nothing else, perhaps you can take a moment to thank your manager for a particularly helpful piece of advice he or she has given you. While we like to complain about them, bosses often provide direction or words of wisdom that make a lasting positive impact on how we view our work and careers.

Here, some creative industry leaders and TCG Blog contributors share the best advice they've received from a boss. We think these pearls of wisdom will resonate with you, too. 

"It's not about how smart you are that determines your success, but rather if you can recognize an opportunity when it presents itself." Diane Domeyer, executive director, The Creative Group

"At one of my first jobs in the graphic design field I was told: 'Think about the things you do from a larger business perspective, not just the view from the position you hold now. If you keep the business goals in mind and do what's in the best interest of the company ­– not just for your benefit – you may become CEO one day.' I've always tried to keep those thoughts in mind, and I did end up becoming CEO, president, and master of my own destiny. I think the advice is still relevant today." ­­– Eileen Burick, CEO, Burick Communication Design

"Once, after spending way too long designing a logo that involved a stalk of wheat, my boss came by and said, 'I don't need a #$@% doctoral thesis on wheat, I just need a #$@% logo!' Since then, I've never forgotten the importance of getting things done versus just thinking about getting things done." ­– Jim Krause, author and founder of Jim Krause Design

"'When someone tells you no, it really means not right now.' By using this advice, I've landed all kinds of projects, including the deal for my best-selling book, Photoshop: The Missing Manual, countless speaking gigs, magazine columns and more!" – Lesa Snider, author and public speaker,

"Be willing to do every part of the positions you manage." ­– Charles Schlueter, associate art director, Spectrum Brands

"1. Do something. 2. Declare victory. 3. Move on. Wise words that have helped the natural procrastinator in all of us." ­­– Gavin McMahon, founding partner, fassforward consulting group

"If you're on time, you're late." ­– Alison Strickland, senior public relations manager, The Creative Group

"The best advice came from my boss at a small bike shop I worked at in Belgium. The owner, Thierry, would say: 'After you fix the bike, you need to take it for a test ride. How long you test it is up to you.' It was his way of saying enjoy the results of your work – which is about all I could do since I was getting paid in coffee biscuits and bike parts." ­– Shane Johnston, lead experience planner, EffectiveUI

"I have a unique perspective as a brand new boss, who's currently figuring out her style. I recently took a few former bosses to lunch to pick their brains. Here's a gem: 'Be prepared to let go of old traditions and processes that no longer serve purposes.'" Jessica Kuhn, editor, HOW and Print magazines 

"Don't come to me with a problem; come to me with a solution."­ – Robin Landa, author and distinguished professor of design, Kean University

"I was fortunate to have an older and wiser boss who taught me a great deal about old-school leadership and doing more with less. She taught me to always, 'Strive to make the exception exceptional.' Most people don't think of government as a hotbed of innovation or creativity. But I've found that striving to make that exception exceptional has opened me to fresh, new ways of thinking." ­– Ed Roberts, creative lead, ElectriCities of NC, Inc.

"The clients' success is our success. It's not the other way around, and it's never been the other way around." – Dave Fletcher, executive director and founder, The Mechanism

"You will accomplish much more when you don't care who gets the credit." – Jillian Kurvers, online content marketing manager, The Creative Group