Most bosses these days are incredibly busy—often, too busy to provide regular guidance and feedback. Learn to apply strategies to get the guidance you need from an elusive boss.
- In one of my first jobs out of grad school, … I worked for a boss who was never in the office. … He was constantly networking, meeting people, … attending conferences. … That was great. … Everybody knew him and liked him … and wanted to do business with him, … but it wasn't great for me because as his new employee, … I didn't really know how things worked … and couldn't seem to ever catch his attention … long enough to find out. … I'd save up detailed lists of questions … and would try to get them in rapid-fire … when he called to check in once every day or two. … It was a stressful way to learn my job. … And I'm not the only one. … Most bosses these days are incredibly busy, … oftentimes too busy to provide … regular guidance and feedback. … Here are strategies to get the guidance you need … from an elusive boss. … First, even though it may be uncomfortable, … it's important to sit down and have a meta-conversation, … meaning a conversation about how you have conversations. … You can keep trying …
- Determine the most appropriate form of communication in a business situation.
- Identify instances in which one mode of communication is preferable to another mode.
- Explain the process involved in interpreting nonverbal cues.
- Define terminology relating to interpersonal communication.
- Distinguish between various communication approaches with individuals from other cultures.
- Describe the factors that underlie interruptions during business meetings.
- Examine the most appropriate ways to accept criticism.