Manage Your Boss

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Manage Your Boss
How do we make our time most productive? What could be a more effective use of time than ensuring we have a mutually effective relationship with our own line managers? Here are our 8 tips to help manage up: 1. First try to understand your boss. 2. Don’t try to be a transformer. 3. Build on strengths. 4. Focus strengths on things that matter. 5. Find out what works. 6. Build your relationship. 7. How to avoid being overloaded or having your time wasted. 8. Build a bigger network.
1 – First Try to Understand Your Boss
On This article suggest several ways to achieve this.They state that we need to ensure you understand your boss, and her working context, by understanding her/his:
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Difficult and not necessarily time well spent. The important thing is coming to understand what makes your boss tick, and developing an effective working relationship. Far better to work on the basis of that relationship, and the way in which it’s conducted, than to try to change your boss. Ensure you meet regularly with your boss and try to develop a professional relationship based on mutual trust and respect.
We all feel good when we get better at what we’re already good at!
3 – Build on Strengths
One effective way to manage your boss is supporting them in doing what they themselves are good at. Discuss their strengths and how they can be most effectively employed. Offer your own support in doing this, perhaps by taking on other roles yourself, especially those which utilize your strengths. Ensure your boss is familiar with the the concept of strengths-based management. Point out the value of this approach, both up and down the management hierarchy.
4 – Focus Strengths on Things That Matter
Of course strengths matter, but their real value only comes when they are applied to the things that matter. In his book: “The Effective Executive“, Peter Drucker suggested consideration of the following:
To answer the question: “what does my boss do really well?”, ask “what has she done really well?” Where is the evidence of what she’s very good at?
Then ask: “what does she need to get from me to perform?”
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