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8 Things to Do BEFORE You Manage Your Boss
Managing bosses in the real world is very difficult and there are no easy solutions. BEFORE you try to “manage up” understand that the first person you have to manage every day is yourself.
1 Figure out where you fit in your organization or department
Get a handle on the context of your work situation & ask yourself where you fit in this context. Why are you here? What is at stake for you?
Your #1 responsibility is to play that role to the best of your ability.
2 Bring your best self to work every day
Attitude matters, a lot. Effort matters, a lot.
Tactics to ensure you’re being your best: Play to your strengths at work. Work with people you like and respect. Leave your nonwork issues at the door when you arrive. Be of high quality. Be full of integrity. Be adaptable.
3 Make sure you are not the jerk at work
You might be acting like a jerk if you... approach relationships with what you want or need rather than what you have to offer. blame others and make excuses when things go wrong rather than focusing on the role you played in creating the problem. take yourself seriously but don’t always take your obligations seriously .
interrupt or don’t pay close attention when others are speaking. hold strong opinions about an individual’s work but never articulate your thoughts in a constructive manner. focus on negative aspects of situations without volunteering to help make things better.
People with good interpersonal skills and who are conscientious in their interactions with others are much more successful.
Instead of being a jerk... Approach every relationship by staying focused on what you have to offer the other person. Be a model of trust. Remove your ego. Listen carefully. Empathize. Exhibit respect and kindness. Speak up and make yourself understood. Be a motivator. Celebrate the success of others.
4 Be a great workplace citizen
Know what you believe and what you can and can’t support or stand for.
Understand the culture and values of your organization and make sure you can get on board and become a good work place citizen.
Good old-fashioned workplace standards: Be on time. Don’t take long breaks. Underpromise and overdeliver. Keep your word. Keep confidences. Don’t keep other people waiting. Practice good-manners.
5 Get lots of work done. Very well, very fast, every day
Set priorities and revisit them regularly. Plan your work every step of the way, but be prepared to adjust as needed.
Take notes, maintain a to-do list. Take action and keep moving forward.
6 Be a problem solver, not a complainer
No matter how great your work, your colleagues, or your organization may be, problems are part of everyday reality in every workplace.
No problem is so small that it should be left alone. Small problems too often fester and grow into bigger problems.
7 Anticipate and avoid problems
The most important factor in developing good judgment (and anticipating problems) is getting in the habit of thinking ahead and playing out the likely sequence of moves and countermoves before making a move.
8 Regularly assess your productivity quality of work behavior
Self-evaluation is the essential habit of selfimprovement but only if you use the information you’ve learned from it.
Self-management and self-improvement come one small step at a time. It’s a never-ending process because there is always room to improve.
Once you have YOURSELF under control, you can focus on managing your boss.
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