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The Taurus Manager
You could do far worse than having a Taurus boss. The second sign of the zodiac is meant for management and administrative roles. Taurus came into the world wanting to prove himself against the firstborn, Aries.
Taurus has some natural abilities as your boss that will be helpful:
- Natural organization skills. Taurus (and earth types) are naturally resourceful.
- Taurus likes to be busy. They like to get involved, especially if it comes to work they can do with their hands.
- Taurus lives to work!
- Taurus is practical due to their earth based energy and they're decisive as a fixed sign.
- Taurus also makes timely decisions, generally strong hiring decisions, and stays fairly predictable.
- Taurus is reliable and not aloof, unless they were born close to Gemini and borrow some of Gemini's qualities.
A Taurus boss wants to impress, to succeed, and also to make sure all the basics are covered. This is someone who can balance a budget, make sure you have the tools you need to do a good job, and likes to keep things in motion.
Taurus wants you to like your job. They seek out the best talent they can find -- and that clicks with them. They usually don't like to get lost in details or new projects unless they can see the validity of them. Taurus cuts out the fat and goes straight to what's necessary. Taurus is a hard worker.
Taurus Wants to Be Better Than Aries
Part of understanding Taurus comes with understanding a little bit of Aries. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac. They also make for great bosses but in different ways. Aries is all about getting projects started, getting things into motion, aggressively taking on opponents, competition, and motivation.
Taurus came into the world to counter Aries -- where the fire sign falls short, the earth sign picks up the load. Instead of having great intuitions about how to start projects, Taurus knows how to complete them and finish them. Aries is a natural leader -- Taurus is a natural manager. Depending on your work environment one or the other might work better.
Taurus Expectations of Workers
Taurus likes to stay busy. They were born in the middle of spring, so they work hard to bring out the fruits of the soil. Taurus believes steady, consistent work is the key to success. This is a boss who prizes time. They want you to be punctual. They want you to have a sound routine. They want you to stay passionate because that passion and love for your job will bring out better results.
Earth signs focus on practical matters and physical reality. Taurus can think in abstract ways, but if you want to speak to them and really get their attention -- try to stay down to earth.
They can follow your train of thought if you stick to normal business terms. Try not to speak to them with too much fluff, metaphor, or long drawn out sentences. Keep things concise, precise, and down to the facts. Taurus is somewhat confused by big emotions -- and doesn't fully connect to them in the workplace. On this point, Taurus can be a little bit out of tune to emotions.
Air signs: think before you speak. Write out what you want to say, then cut it down.
Conservative, Controling, Argumentative
If Taurus is the manager, your workspace will likely be clean, straightforward, with a clear purpose. Taurus doesn't like jobs that seem flighty or whimsical. Things need to have their purpose, they need to make sense, and they need to be practical.
- Your boss cares about the budget and can be somewhat conservative.
- They believe moderation is key to progress. They don't want to spend everything at once.
- They're not the best risk takers, so they really shouldn't gamble too much or rely on luck. Other signs in the zodiac have better odds with luck.
A Taurus boss thinks in their five senses. They have good eyes and ears for the workplace. This sign is not the best at multi-tasking. They can have a narrow and tight focus.
Avoid the Raging Bull
If you upset the Taurus you could have the raging bull on your hands. Don't argue with a Taurus because they will go down a crazy path to prove they are right. Even if you know how to navigate around the bull, it can be a dangerous game to play. Often the Taurus will run themselves into the wall rather than you. Show your boss you have some respect for them by not triggering them into the raging bull. (They likely won't know that you're doing what you can to prevent that from happening.)
Taurus can be a little bit of a control freak. They like things their way. They think they have the right way. They sometimes won't do something else until a task is complete. They can get overly focused, which can be frustrating for employees. Taurus needs to learn to step back and not always charge straight ahead at a target. It would do them well to pace themselves, and to step back and make sure they have their priorities right.
You may have to set some boundaries for the Taurus so they don't control your every action. Prove to them that you can do your job. You need to earn the trust of a Taurus. Sometimes they're actually trying to help you and don't realize they're being controlling. Taurus can sometimes get so focused on the task at hand that they're not aware of other people's emotions or even their own emotions.
The Taurus Boss and Employees of Different Signs
If you're also a fixed sign personality, you'll need a little more patience with your earth sign boss. Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius can all get a little annoyed with Taurus. Since all four personalities are stubborn, this can turn into the battles of the gods. They all think they know what is best. They all want things done a certain way. Keep in mind the chain of command. In some businesses, the chain of command might not be clear, so you may want to look into it and figure it out.
Earth signs overall should get along with the Taurus boss. Two Tauruses can work together great because they have a similar focus; however, two raging bulls can be quite a disaster for a workplace. They should always try to be in line with each other. Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn all share similar qualities: they are hard workers, practical, care about matters they can see, hear, and touch, they're reliable, consistent, persistent, smart, dexterous, crafty, resourceful, focused on material gain and money, and like things concise.
Multiple earth signs in an office can be a good thing. They make sure every item is handled carefully. They are the backbone of solid work. Taurus will appreciate Virgo's mental capabilities and Capricorn's priorities. Taurus would do well to hire lots of people born under earth sun signs. They mesh well together and can amplify the goals and guidelines Taurus wants to follow. Work, finances, and the like are based in the earth element so these people readily understand it.
Air signs may struggle somewhat with earth signs. Air signs bring some amount of charm, often high-level skills, and brilliance that earth signs do find desirable but not always practical. Most earth based bosses will find air signs talk too much or have too much nonsense about them.
A Taurus boss really shouldn't have too many air signs on staff or it will drive them crazy. Taurus automatically sees the value of Gemini. Taurus loves the mind of a Gemini and wants them on staff. Taurus adores people who can prove their intelligence and show its value to the workplace. Gemini is also Taurus' neighbor in the zodiac, so this makes it easier for Taurus to relate to the twin air sign.
Taurus can be somewhat confused by Libra and Aquarius. Taurus will push Libra to make decisions, to stop trying to please everybody, and to stop trying to find harmony in everything. Taurus likes Libra in small doses. Taurus will be charmed by Libra's ability to understand others. In the right position, Taurus will like a Libra, but if you somehow end up in a role that requires decision making and speed, Taurus might show you to the door. Libras tend to be artsy, compassionate, spiritual or philosophical. Taurus doesn't necessarily need that in the workplace. Libra should focus on getting tasks done and being punctual to win the favor of the Taurus.
Aquarius is going to be a tough nut for Taurus to crack. Taurus understands that Aquarius is highly intelligent, but it's really abstract for Taurus. Taurus has their own ideals, but those ideals are based in earth. Aquarius has ideals based in heaven. Taurus will need Aquarius for highly specialized jobs. If Aquarius can show great results through performance, Taurus won't mind them and perhaps be charmed by them. Aquarius can win favor by masking their emotions and filtering their speech. Aquarius should focus on doing excellent work to keep the boss at bay.
Gemini has the best luck of the air signs to work for a Taurus boss.
Water and earth tend to go well together. Earth might not fully understand emotions, but both water and earth are resourceful. They're both better as managers than leaders. Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces can bring much needed nurturing to Taurus' ideas. Earth focuses on the soil -- water focuses on bringing flowers and flora out of the soil. Earth will want to have people like Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces on their team because they bring the kind of magic that they need -- and it's compatible to their practical ways. Air signs also bring a certain kind of magic, but it can be hard for Taurus to understand how it really pans out in the workplace.
Cancer's moods may confuse Taurus. Taurus is fairly out-of-touch with their emotions. They may not take Cancer as seriously as other people. This could be a tough conflict if the Taurus is masculine and the Cancer is feminine. Cancer should strive to be careful about their emotional displays at work. Try to stay calm and charming and ready to work. Keep personal matters for time outside of work.
Scorpio and Taurus may have some conflicts because they're both fixed; however, they're on opposite sides of the Zodiac. It will actually be harder for Taurus to get along with Leo and Aquarius based on their position in astrology. Taurus and Scorpio have an opposites attract kind of relationship. They can feel a strong connection between them that can be highly compatible. Taurus is the center of spring while Scorpio is the center of fall. These two can connect in a way that Taurus can't with anyone else. If they like each other -- great. If they don't -- not so great.
Taurus will adore Pisces. Pisces has a lot to offer in the workplace of a Taurus. Pisces brings wisdom, grace, and is nurturing. Pisces isn't moody like Cancer; Pisces isn't brooding like Scorpio. Pisces is generally seen as the kinder, more gentle and mature water sign. Taurus and Pisces energy is also really good for the workplace. It has that soil meets water kind of feel that's really good for turning a profit.
Fire signs have the will-power that Taurus wants. Taurus may have some jealously issues with fire signs. Aries will bring out Taurus' competitive side, this can be good if it is in good nature. Taurus will want to show off -- generally Taurus shows off regardless of what sign is in the room but especially with an Aries. Taurus will also likely be competitive with a Leo. Taurus will want to impress the Leo... and Taurus likes to be one of the cool kids. Taurus generally thinks of Aries and Leo as the cool kids and wants to be part of their club.
Sagittarius is a wild card for Taurus -- and Taurus doesn't really like or understand wild cards. Taurus should play things conservative and doesn't normally have the kind of luck that say Aquarius has. Taurus isn't really an intuitive type but a more practical learns by their five senses type.
Sagittarius will appeal to the Taurus by their potential. Sagittarius has a fantastic brain, but they're kind of all over the place. Taurus and Sagittarius are not the best mix in a workplace. Sagittarius is inconsistent, flaky, has commitment issues, does things by their own liking, and none of that is really compatible for a Taurus. A Sagittarius will have to push really hard to be more consistent, punctual, and concrete. The thing is Sagittarius is meant to be spontaneous, somewhat cheerful, and somewhat weird. In the right position, Sagittarius could work well for Taurus. Other signs might work better in those positions according to a Taurus (they might prefer to hire a Gemini or Virgo instead).
Impress the Boss
Taurus will develop favorites in the workplace based off:
- A person's reliability
- Workplace performance and what's written in record
- Consistency in the workplace
- Sane priorities
- Their love of family
- Other people's favorites
Taurus is somewhat old school. They like some good old fashioned rivalry. They like sports and want people to be competitive. Latter signs in the zodiac favor more of a collaborative workspace, earlier signs like competition.
Taurus may look to hard numbers, facts, and easily discernible items to make decisions. They like to keep things easy. They don't mind thinking, but abstract thinking doesn't necessarily give them the results they want.
Taurus may punish or dismiss people who do not fit their protocols. You may get worse assignments, less pay, demoted, or even fired.
Taurus is good at discerning sketchy actions or conversations. They don't like flighty, buzzing words. It annoys them. They want things clean, direct, and sensible. Your boss probably doesn't care about a whirlwind of perks and strange things -- like breakrooms with pool tables and hidden speakeasies. Taurus wants work to be work. Leave the thrills and excitement to something else.
Some practical advise for employees with a Taurus boss:
- Keep your emails short and to the point. Be crystal clear. Be affirmative.
- Use clean fonts, use bullet points, use dates, stick to facts and mechanics.
- Dress clean and simple. Dress to impress, but be clean. Hygiene is important.
- Arrive 15 minutes early. Your day always starts 15 minutes earlier.
- Keep your desk simple. Don't have too many pictures, don't bring too many items to the office. I suggest that for any sign that you keep your desk simple. You never really know when you might have to leave a job, so you don't want to have to pack everything up in multiple boxes.
- Do things the tried and true way. If you're going to do something out-of-the-box then you should discuss it and get permission. Taurus doesn't like shaking things up just for the sake of it. There needs to be a reason.
- Earth signs are reasonable and grounded. Take the quickest and shortest paths. Earth signs will think something is sketchy if you meander.
- Find common topics of interest. Try talking about: coffee, sports, TV shows, music, weather, dogs, or things your kids do.
- Be efficient.
- Be cooperative.
Get to Know Your Taurus Boss
Dates of Birth
April 19 – May 20
Rules in the Body
Leader or Manager
Yin or Yang
All shades of blue, deep green
House of Cards
Pentacles / Coins / Diamonds
Matter / Physical Reality
Hard working, careful, grounded, practical, into their 5 senses, crafty, resourceful, diligent
Working too hard, trying to impress others, ego, narrow focus, perfectionism, dismissive and intolerant
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