Managing the Boss

When President-elect Barack Obama chose Rahm Emanuel as his chief of staff, he did what a senior executive does when choosing an assistant: He selected a person who would help him get things done. Are you like Rahm Emanuel?
Much more than a gatekeeper, a good executive assistant can double or triple a boss’s efficiency by staying one step ahead of him or her. The more an assistant can predict an executive’s needs, the less he or she will need to interrupt.

Office bonds

December 5, 2008 Categorized in: Managing the Boss

While relationships between employees and their bosses have always seen their ups and downs, the turbulent economy may be forging stronger ties as employees look to shore up their job security.
What’s the magic formula for building a strategic partnership with your boss? Unfortunately, there isn’t one, says Lisa Olsen, an admin trainer for Office Dynamics. But one of the first steps is figuring out his or her work style.
Susan has 30 years’ experience as an admin, while her new admin manager, Jade, is young enough to be her daughter. The age gap alone isn’t a problem for Susan, but she sometimes feels that Jade lacks “respect” for the way she does things.
Your boss’s gender can affect just how much pain he or she seems to inflict. Researchers at the University of Toronto compared men and women working in one of three situations: (1) for a lone male supervisor, (2) for a lone female supervisor, or (3) for both a male and a female supervisor.
There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re being constantly monitored, says Jack Mitchell, author of Hug Your People. Better than checking up on people is checking in.
Mark your calendar: Oct. 16 is National Boss Day. Here’s an alternative to bringing a card or cookies: Honor the day by making a silent commitment to strengthening your relationship with your boss.
Managers believe they’re getting better at deducing what admins need. Uh-huh.
If your boss micromanages and drives you crazy, forge a stronger relationship with him or her. For example, practice the "art" of communication, says Harry E. Chambers, author of My Way or the Highway—the Micromanagement Survival Guide. “Show that you’re in motion on priority projects by communicating in three specific terms: awareness, reassurance and timelines."
Some bosses can’t bring themselves to say, “Good job!” Maybe they think they’re too busy. Maybe they don’t know how. Maybe they just don’t believe people need to be told. For those misguided bosses, we recommend The Carrot Principle.
Here’s how to say ‘no’ to tricky requests without ruffling feathers.
You think you’re under pressure at work? Executives may have it even worse, according to Liberum Research, a New York-based firm that tracks the upper-management job market.