Producer’s Cut: You Have To Manage Your Manager! (From S3:28)
In this episode, I explain why you must manage your manager. Unfortunately, this task falls on you. So today I lay out why managing your manager is very important, how to determine the type of manager you have, and how to build a positive relationship with your manager, even if you don’t like her.
- What managing up really means
- The 9 types of bosses you may have and how to think through managing them
- The rules of engagement you need to enact to manage your manager and build a stronger relationship
- Why you never show your frustration with your boss
- The eight-count laugh
- Contrived Vulnerability
Remember, You got this…. now go forth and be great!!!
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Nine Types of Managers:
- A brand new boss, someone you’ve never met before.
- A manager you don’t see face-to-facebecause she works in another location
- An insecure boss (hint: it’s important to know how to tame his ego)
- An all-knowing or indecisive boss
- A manager who gives you conflicting messages
- A long-winded boss
- A hands-off boss
- A manager who isn’t as smart as you
- A boss that’s actually a board of directors
Note in this article: In dealing with superiors, subordinates must navigate through a minefield of potential disasters by continually asking themselves six questions.
- Is my boss interested in my welfare or does he see me as a competitor who needs to be neutralized?
- Can I correctly work out what my boss wants or am I stuck second-guessing from what he’s actually saying?
- Will my boss reward — or punish — me if I make improvement suggestions?
- Am I capable of doing my job?
- Do I want to emulate this boss, or should I distance myself from his poor example?
- Should our relationship be friendly or strictly professional?