Thursday, December 9, 2010

Managing the manager


You have to teach people how to treat you, someone once told me. I have kept that in mind. You need to sort of command, rather than DEMAND, respect if you can.

Anita Bruzzese, Gannett, says a boss who ignores you can hurt your career—you don’t want to be under the radar all the time.

You need clear expectations in your career life, Says Bruce Tulgan, author of It’s OK to Manage Your Boss.

Think in terms of getting one-on-one time, even if it means cornering the boss somehow.

Don’t just email or text—get face to face sometimes.

Write down everything you and the boss agree on. Keep notes on your progress.

The most important thing I used to do is ask the boss to set priorities—if he or she rattles off 10 things, ask, “Sounds good, which should I do first?”

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