post # 288 — January 19, 2007 — a Careers post
A few years ago, I asked some people what they wished they had learned earlier in their careers. One of the common topics was about how to manage your boss (or superior).
Here’s one such comment I receieved:
The main thing that I want young professionals to know is the importance of â€œmanaging upâ€. It is often a negelected skill and you need to learn it early. It means making sure your manager is aware of the big issues that are plaguing the team and possible topics that may be discussed at a management meeting he/she attends. It also involves filtering the less important details from the important so that your manager does not feel overwhelmed with information. The ability to recognize the important from the insignificant will help a young professional in his/her plight to becoming a successful professional.
I wrote about “managing up” in an earlier post when I gave some advice about the questions you need to ask when receiving an assignment.
But there are many other aspects. How do you get your boss to treat you well, or at least reasonably? How do you deal with over-demanding bosses?
OK, gang. Time for you all to play the game. Letâ€™s make a thorough list here by completing the following sentence:
“To manage upwards effectively you should………”
Anybody want to play?