Most bosses these days are incredibly busy—often, too busy to provide regular guidance and feedback. Here are 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.…Often times 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 to get the information you need…to do your job in five minute increments…
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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