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Boss on your case? Try these 3 quick tips


Here are 3 things to keep in mind during the times when all forms of common sense seem to have gone up in smoke and craziness is breaking loose:

#1 Results = Rewards. There will be times it seems that form and process are the most important things in your company and consequently to your boss. They aren't.

Over thirty years, I don't recall a single person getting a monster bonus at year's end or awesome promotion for following the company's process better than the rest of the team. Over the long run, great rewards and promotions go to the one who gives great results.

#2 Face time works better than technology. So your boss is incompetent; & doesn't have a clue about the company, your job or even his own. Do you really have to waste more your time meeting with him or her? Yes, absolutely. And it's not a waste.

It's actually smart to spend one-on-one time with your superior. Don't rely on email or voicemail. Your boss probably receives too many electronic messages already. And while it seems like efficient time management to communicate through email or voicemail, it does little good for your career if (s)he doesn't know much about you beyond the role you perform. Go out of your way to talk to the boss about your responsibilities and accomplishments in person. Leave it to everyone else to fill up the boss' in-boxes.

#3: A good listener is hard to find. Recognize that all bosses expect to be heard and then have their directions followed. So - "Listen, listen, listen. And remember that you have two ears and one mouth for a good reason."

Don't be one of those misguided types who debates everything they're instructed to do. After the first 1 or 2 times, it doesn't show anyone how smart you are. It just becomes tiresome.

If these tips are tough to accept, keep in mind that someone else in your company is ready and willing to give the the boss what they want. Better it's you.


                                                                 - john

                                                               Career Coach

 

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John M. McKee is the founder and CEO of BusinessSuccessCoach.net, an international consulting and coaching practice with subscribers in 43 countries. One of the founding senior executives of DIRECTV, his hands-on experience includes leading billion d...

6 comments
asacco
asacco

The folks at CIO.com have assembled a handy guide to boss relations. Though aimed mostly at the IT exec, the guide also includes valuable insights for non-tech staffers, including articles on how to tell your boss you're overworked, how to read his facial expressions--or anyone else's--and a piece on how to tell you're about to get fired. http://www.cio.com/specialreports/bossandyou/index.html

balbs
balbs

I know my boss would rather I take notes and reiterate those for her confirmation before she leaves me with a request. She knows that I'm serious about getting it right the first time and I won't have to bother her with as many follow-up questions.

Jack-M
Jack-M

These are all good tips but IMHO, FACE TIME is the one that will yield the most results. If your boss can recognize you in a crowd, meeting,etc. is an invaluable asset. It makes you stand out from the crowd especially when praise is being handed out to an entire department.

glg1
glg1

The other important trait is too make sure you don't submarine your own chances. One of the quickest ways to do that is to engage in gossip, personnal attacks and the like - even if the party to which they are aimed are deserving. It almost always comes back to bite you, and often in different ways. The old adage - "if you don't have something nice to say..." is as important as ever - and especially in email..

mikeadams1137
mikeadams1137

Yeah, word from the wise..do not ever send out a frustrated e-mail, or a counter-attack e-mail. Documentation is the worst, I've got my boss on harassment and age discrimination via e-mails. Know what you are saying, before you say it. "One Minute-Manager, anyone"?

Duck1967
Duck1967

That isn't that nice, delete it before you send it out. Sometimes it is nice to write something out to get it off your chest, but should not EVER be sent out to anyone. Just ensure you DELETE it before sending it. Or better yet, write it on paper, then burn it. It's hard to have a paper trail that way. You cannot recover from backup a burnt piece of paper!

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