One of the best ways to forge a strong relationship with your boss is to ask the right questions, including: "What can I be doing that's most helpful to you right now?"; "When is it due?"; and "How should I prioritize these tasks?" Knowing the answer to t
- One of the great underappreciated skills in the workplace…is the ability to ask the right questions.…Here's one of them.…When I was working as the New Hampshire…communications director on a presidential campaign,…I had a staffer named Kumar,…who was the best person who ever worked for me.…Part of the reason was a question he asked.…What can I be doing that's most helpful to you right now?…Now I had been an employee before…and I'd never asked my boss that question.…I had a clear idea in my head…about what my job was and I was gonna do that.…
What I didn't realize, and Kumar did,…was that you can make yourself uniquely valuable…and appreciated if you show that you're not just willing…to do the tasks you think you were hired to do.…Instead, if you're willing to do anything…to be helpful to your boss, they will love you.…Ninety-nine times out of a hundred,…they're not gonna exploit you and say go get my laundry.…But knowing that your priority…is taking things off their plate and helping them,…gives them existential peace that will keep them loyal.…
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- Communicating with your colleagues
- When to use the phone or send an email
- Interpreting nonverbal cues
- Asking your boss the right questions
- Knowing when to listen and when to speak
- Communicating in tricky situations
- Handling an interruption
- Responding to critical feedback
- How to communicate as an introvert