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Essential tips for taking control of your boss

You may have dozens of bosses over the course your career. Learning how to manage your boss effectively will help you build better working relationships and really help you to get ahead. Read more

Essential tips for taking control of your boss


You may have dozens of bosses over the course your career. Learning how to manage your boss effectively will help you build better working relationships and really help you to get ahead.


Here’s how it’s done –


Understand your boss. knowing what makes them tick can help you to understand what’s most important for them and to be able to think ahead about what they might need and when.


Be brave enough to ask them. What motivates and de motivates them, what frustrates them, what are their priorities and how can you best help them out. Ask your boss how they best like to communicate. Email, face to face or over the phone. Do they have an open door policy or would they rather you arranged a meeting?


You need to understand their working style. Observe them, ask them and get to know what makes them feel pressured and what their boss expects of them. Pick your time. You may have a great idea or have produced your best piece of work ever but don’t bomb in there just before an important meeting cause you might get your head blown off rather than congratulations!


Get absolute clarity about what they want from you each time they ask you do something. Repeat it back to them to ensure you fully understand by saying – So let me check to make sure Ive got this right........


Understand yourself as how you behave towards your boss can set the tone for the working relationship. Be honest with yourself, do you have any self sabotage personality traits that you should be avoiding.


Be solutions focused, if you’ve got a major or minor problem you need to discuss with your boss, have a solution or two ready. You can say – Ive worked out a possible solution to this problem but would like to get your opinion too.


Don’t over promise on what you can deliver. If you’re given more work than you can handle, make your boss aware and ask them to help you prioritise.


Be relentlessly optimistic about your job and the people you work with - especially your boss. A positive attitude is infectious!

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