Five Tips To Seamlessly Manage Your Manager
Experts say in a bad economy it is not wise to stay under the radar. During times of down-staffing, companies are more likely to retain people that manage their manager well.
These 5 tips will help you get noticed and remain indispensable to your boss:
Understand What Your Boss Wants
Experts believe that the key to success is being able to see the world from your boss’s perspective.
Don’t get upset and frustrated by your boss. Take this opportunity to observe her work style and communication preferences and then adapt. Small adjustments are all it takes to your boss’s needs.
Everyone has their own personality style and it is up to you to understand which personality your boss exhibits. For example is he or she an abstract thinker or a numbers person?
Make Moves Like You Are Playing Chess
Experts say you should stay a few steps ahead of your boss. Assistants who anticipate their boss’s need before they arise will be seen as valuable team members and problem solvers.
If your boss believes you think like him or her, they will allow you take the initiative with more responsibilities. For example, you know your boss has a big meeting coming up at the end of the month. Tell him or her you will begin collating information he or she may need for the presentation.
Don’t be afraid to anticipate questions you’ll probably get. You know they will come up so you might as well look like a superstar and have the answers laid out for your boss.
Be The Ying To Your Boss’s Yang
Become indispensable by studying your boss’s weaknesses and complimenting them with your strengths. Your boss is probably the 30,000 foot view person, but is quite disorganized with other matters.
Don’t dwell on what they are not good at, but rather, suggest deadlines, remind her of appointments and follow up on items she’s forgotten. You’ll become a trusted and valued member of his or her team.
The Squeaky Wheel Gets The Grease
Experts say very few employees speak up especially if they have a terrible boss. Yet they rarely speak up. If you handle situations in a professional manner, your boss will respect you.
Always be specific. For example, if you feel your boss is micro-managing you on a specific project you are doing, be specific in telling him or her how you feel.
Bring It On, Baby
Ask for more responsibility. Not only are you gaining the trust of your boss, but you are seeking acknowledgement from his boss as well. Remember, this only works if you are excelling at the things you said you would do.
Ultimately, make yourself valuable every day. Not only will you receive respect, but your boss will know he or she can trust you with any project.