Join Todd Dewett for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with an unavailable manager, part of Managing Your Manager.
…Sometimes you feel inclined to proactively manage your manager.…That's great.…Other times, however, you might feel drawn into managing them for another reason.…For example, maybe you've worked with a boss who is meaningfully unavailable.…By unavailable, I mean they don't check on you.…They don't blast the team with emails to keep them in the loop.…They don't keep their door open, and so on.…In short, they're closed instead of open and interactive.…Think back over the last year.…If you're seeing a lot of unanswered emails, unanswered phone messages, missed…meetings, and unexplained absences from the…office, you're dealing with an unavailable boss.…
This style is, of course, not good.…So, why would someone adopt it?…There are three main reasons.…The first is personality.…The second is that they don't like you.…You two don't have good chemistry.…And third, it's possible they're dealing…with a crisis, whether personal or professional.…Now, if you're dealing with some form of crisis, you'll likely…know because being so closed off is not their typical style.…
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- Examine ways to repair a damaged relationship with your manager.