Learn The Art of Managing
With all of the attention today on effective management techniques and the need for people skills, it's surprising that one of the most critical areas to getting ahead in your career doesn't get much attention - the fine art of managing your boss.
Managing your boss isn't a matter of "apple polishing" or playing politics. It involves working together to generate the best solutions for you, your boss and your company.
Many talented people are stuck in the old paradigm of expecting their boss to manage them. They take a passive, reactive stance, waiting for direction and support. They may complain about a bad boss, but do little to turn things around themselves. They don't know the small but essential steps they can take to establish a productive dialogue.
Don't fall into this trap. Don't assume that your boss knows what you need in order to do your job well. Don't assume that your actions are in sync with his or her expectations and priorities. Stay in touch. Communicate. Check things out.
Your Most Critical Working Relationship
Your boss links you to the rest of your company. When your relationship works well, your priorities will be consistent with your company's goals and you'll be able to advance more rapidly in your career.
If you want to influence the outcome of your relationship with your boss, you have to take responsibility. Waiting for your boss's direction can ultimately hurt your chances for advancement.
Here are some action steps you can take RIGHT NOW to build a more productive and rewarding relationship with your boss.
Everything you achieve in your career, you will achieve through relationships with others. And no relationship can have a greater impact on your career than your relationship with your boss.
Today, relationship strategies rule the world. It's up to you to learn and apply them, to maximize your performance and achieve the results you want.
Dr. Jane Adler and Dr. Robert Karlsberg are leading experts in leadership development and the psychology of business. They are founders of TheRoadtoCEO.com, and authors of The Road to CEO: Psychological Strategies for Getting to the Top. For more strategies to help you accelerate your career and maximize your business performance, visit www.TheRoadtoCEO.com. Be sure to request your FREE copy of their Special Report: THE NEW ROUTE TO THE TOP - What it Takes to Succeed in Today's Organization.
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