Who’s the boss??

Michelle Obama was keen. Too keen for her piano teacher’s liking.

She got bored of the steady pace her teacher was plotting through the lesson book and jumped ahead to a more advanced piece while at home practicing.

Proud of what she had done, she played what she had learnt at the next lesson, but she didn’t get the reaction for which she was hoping. Instead, her teacher exploded and “chewed out” the girl who would one day be her most famous student.

It’s not unusual for teachers and students, coaches and athletes, or indeed actors and directors to clash regularly. The thing is though, one is the boss. And the person who’s not the boss either believes in the boss, or they don’t.

And if they don’t, they should find a new boss, because if that belief or trust isn’t there, it’s impossible to make progress.