Roberta Matuson helps you understand what kind of boss you've been given and how to effectively manage that person. Your relationship with your boss is the most important relationship you have at work. Roberta shows you how to maximize this relationship, so you and your people can achieve high levels of success.
- I recently received an email from a newly promoted supervisor, who was smart enough to recognize that he needed help. He said that he didn't know where he stood with his manager, and that he felt like he was losing the manager's support. As a result, he was working 60 to 70 hours a week to compensate. It may seem unnatural to manage the person who's managing you, but that's exactly what you need to do to succeed in any role.
Here are some things to consider when managing your boss. Your boss is not a mind reader. You may think your manager knows what you're feeling or thinking, but I can assure you, they don't. You need to tell them. And while it may be hard for you, your boss will appreciate it when you share what's on your mind, as long as you do so, in a respectful and constructive way. Here's what I mean. You may be anxious because you have no idea where you stand with your boss.
Rather than telling your boss that her management style is stressing you out, tell her you do your best work when given continuous feedback. The more you talk with you boss, the easier it will get. Remember the first time you tried to ride a bike? It seemed impossible, didn't it? Yet each time you went out there and you gave it another go, it got easier. The same holds true when managing your boss. The first time you attempt to lead a meeting with your boss, you may feel a bit uncomfortable.
You might not say exactly what you rehearsed, or perhaps you readily gave up control of the meeting to your boss. That's okay, as long as you learn from your attempts, and you vow to do better the next time around. Now I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Bosses want to be managed. I recently facilitated a strategy session for a hospital CEO and his team. Throughout the day, the executives were looking to the CEO for answers, while he sat there silently praying they would take control, and tell him how they wanted to handle their areas of responsibility.
I'm sharing this story so you can see that people at all levels of the organization, find it challenging to manage their boss. So, when managing your boss, keep in mind that it takes two people to have a relationship. And as someone who has been in charge, I can tell you that every now and again, it's nice when someone else takes the lead.
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- Decoding your boss's management style
- Managing your boss
- Building strong relationships
- Avoiding mistakes
- Dealing with office politics
- Ensuring your next play is the right move
- Communicating effectively
- Bridging a generation gap
- Being heard
- Tooting your own horn strategically