Managing the Boss

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.
In a meeting with the entire department, you make the mistake of pitching your idea … as an alternative to your boss’s idea. You e-mail the boss afterward to explain your idea in more detail, hoping to smooth things over and pique her interest. But she isn’t talking. Was your idea really that bad?

7 Administrative Tips

May 1, 2006 Categorized in: FilingManaging the Boss

Try these tips to get you through your busy day.
You may not realize it, says executive coach Jenni Prisk, but your boss might love to have you as his or her mentor.
Showcase your talents by putting together a desk reference manual. Done bit by bit, it can become the ultimate productivity tool. Here’s how to do it.
The boss asks a question about a project while you’re knee-deep in something else, or a new employee suddenly inquires about the one thing that might make him change his mind about staying. You need to shift gears quickly, but you draw a blank.  Before you open your mouth to answer, mull over these tips.
Your boss does it one way, and you think another way would work better. Before speaking up, study this five-step strategy for putting your ideas across the right way … even to the most stubborn boss.