8 Things to Do
Manage Your BossBEFORE You
Managing bosses in the realworld is very difficult and thereare no easy solutions.
BEFORE you try to manage upunderstand that the first personyou have to manage every dayis yourself.
1Figure out where you fit
in your organizationor department
Get a handle on the contextof your work situation &ask yourself where you fit in this context.
Why are you here? What isat stake for you?
Your #1 responsibilityis to play that role to the best of your ability.
2Bring your best selfto work every day
Attitude matters, a lot.Effort matters, a lot.
Tactics to ensure yourebeing your best: Play to your strengths at work. Work with people you like and respect. Leave your nonwork issues at the door when you arrive. Be of high quality. Be full of integrity. Be adaptable.
3Make sure you arenot the jerk at work
You might be acting likea jerk if you... approach relationships with what you want or need rather than what you have to offer.
blame others and make excuses when things go wrong rather than focusing on the role you played in creating the problem.
take yourself seriously but dont always take your obligations seriously .
interrupt or dont pay close attention when others are speaking.
hold strong opinions about an individuals work but never articulate your thoughts in a constructive manner.
focus on negative aspects of situations without volunteering to help make things better.
People with goodinterpersonal skills and who are conscientious in their interactions with others are much more successful.
Instead of being a jerk... Approach every relationship by staying focused on what you have to offer the other person. Be a model of trust. Remove your ego. Listen carefully. Empathize. Exhibit respect and kindness. Speak up and make yourself understood. Be a motivator. Celebrate the success of others.
4Be a great
Know what you believe and what you can and cant support or stand for.
Understand the culture and values of yourorganization and make sure you can get onboard and become agood work place citizen.
Good old-fashioned workplace standards: Be on time. Dont take long breaks. Underpromise and overdeliver. Keep your word. Keep confidences. Dont keep other people waiting. Practice good-manners.
5Get lots of work done. Very well, very fast,
Set priorities and revisit them regularly. Plan your work every step of theway, but be prepared toadjust as needed.
Take notes, maintain ato-do list.Take action and keepmoving forward.
6Be a problem solver,
not a complainer
No matter how great yourwork, your colleagues,or your organization maybe, problems are part ofeveryday reality inevery workplace.
No problem is so small that it should be left alone. Small problems too often fester and grow into bigger problems.
7Anticipate andavoid problems
The most important factorin developing good judgment (and anticipating problems)is getting in the habit ofthinking ahead and playingout the likely sequence ofmoves and countermovesbefore making a move.
8 Regularly assess your
productivity qualityof work behavior
Self-evaluation is the essential habit of self-improvement but only if you use the information youve learned from it.
Self-management andself-improvement come one small step at a time. Its a never-endingprocess because thereis always room to improve.
Once you have YOURSELFunder control, you canfocus on managingyour boss.
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From Its Okay to Manage Your Boss by Bruce TulganLearn more: http://bit.ly/Tulgan8
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