Pulse: Chatter: That’s Boss

In honor of Boss’s Day (October 16th), some successful Philadelphians share memorable words of wisdom — well, words, anyway — from their employers.

“My boss said, ‘If you’re not happy here, quit.’ I quit the next day and moved back to Philadelphia.”  — Steve Duross, former Key West, Florida, bartender and current co-owner of Duross and Langel

“In my first post-college job at an ad agency, I’d leave at 5 p.m., and my boss would say, ‘Working a half day?’ I wasn’t getting paid much — but I didn’t get that you had to pay your dues.”  — Ellen Yin, owner of Fork

“A rehearsal director suggested to me and a few other dancers that we should seriously consider secretarial school.”  — Nick Stuccio, producing director for Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe

“Stu Bykofsky, my mentor, told me that when he first started writing the gossip column, then-editor Zack Stalberg told him, ‘You’ll know if you’re doing something you shouldn’t be doing.’”  — Dan Gross, gossip columnist for the Daily News

“My boss at Strawbridge’s — years ago — always said, ‘Work smarter, not harder.’ I really hated her for it. But now I find myself saying the same thing all the time at meetings.”  — Nicole Cashman, owner of Cashman & Associates PR and special events firm