Tips on Managing Your Boss

 

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tips on managing your boss why is your boss so important to you it is well known that they have such an impact on you and once the relationship is at its worst it makes such a difference to your life overall we also need to recognize that managing our bosses well now makes a difference to our future because they will always be a part of our past recognize that you have responsibilities towards your relationship with them as much as they do 1 review your history it s useful to reflect on the history you have with your boss why did they hire you what in their eyes are you useful for in terms of your contribution to them and the team they lead are you similar are you different from their perspective what is it you re capable of that makes the relationship work well seek to understand and be curious about them and their world work at it 2 manage yourself your personal organisation and the way that you manage yourself make a huge impact on the relationship with your boss if you say you will do something make sure you do it when you say you will understand what matters to your boss and what key things you need to attend to sometimes this might mean a critical self-assessment of just what you re doing for the team 3 be sensitive to micromanagers perhaps the issue is your boss is a micromanager as frustrating as this can be for you understand that people micromanage for a lot of reasons and stress and insecurity are usually at the root of most of those reasons try to see things from your boss s point of view and do what you can to make life easier for them ask them what they need from you be punctual and productive and discuss with the rest of your team what you as a collective can do better follow us @posignition www.positionignition.com

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4 be clear with abdicating managers at the other end of the spectrum is the `abdication manager who s quite happy to delegate everything this may not be a bad thing but can become irritating when this manager is taking credit for work that you ve done be very clear with your boss about what he or she wants you to do and then regularly exchange updates throughout the task preferably in writing through emails and such therefore you have a record of who s doing what and can track what it is you ve done on a day to day or week to week business 5 pick your fights workplaces are emotional places we spend such a lot of time there and have so many different relationships there also often our work matters to us because we identify so much with it thus any situations that are emotional are going to have tensions that can lead to stress it s easy to see how and why we may end up picking a fight but let s just consider who wins in a work fight it is highly probable that if you try to take on your boss you won t get anywhere at all instead of picking fights pick your fights ask yourself if something is really worth getting into before you go there 6 position yourself you want to position yourself well in the workplace by getting noticed by your boss watch and learn from whom you consider to be the best colleagues at doing what they do identify and observe the really powerful individuals within your organization you ll get greater opportunities to develop yourself if you follow their example these are the very same people who are likely to be the people who your boss knows and respects 7 remember your uniqueness what makes you unique you want to forge a clear pathway on the things you bring to the workplace and you want to ensure that you are able to do your work whilst retaining balance and integrity and that people are clear on who you are staying true to yourself whilst managing your boss will ensure your reputation is good and that the boss will always give you a positive reference this checklist has been created by position ignition ltd one of the uk s leading career consulting companies please contact enquiries@positionignition.com for more information or to suggest additional resources follow us @posignition www.positionignition.com

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