Managing the Boss

Chronic complainers can kill mo­­rale, hurt productivity and drive you nuts. Author Linda Swindling identifies five types of complaining bosses and explains how to handle them.

How to keep the boss focused

May 19, 2014 Categorized in: Managing the Boss

These days, everyone has a hard time focusing. But when it’s the boss who’s afflicted with a short attention span, an administrative professional must take steps to ensure work moves forward and things get done. Here’s how to handle a distracted boss.
If you find yourself in a tough relationship with your boss, instead of updating your résumé and embarking on a quest for a new job, learn how to improve your relationship. Start now by asking yourself these four questions.
Your relationship with your boss can be good, bad or somewhere in between. Knowing the signs of a dysfunctional relationship can help you decide whether it’s worth working on or if you should just move on, career consultant Jennifer Winter writes.
Sergio Kletnoy’s role as a magazine editor’s assistant at Cosmopolitan is taking on new life as it moves away from “The Devil Wears Prada” stereotype to a role with more involvement within the company. Here’s an inside look into his life and the evolution of the magazine editor’s assistant.

5 top behind-the-scenes assistants

February 12, 2014 Categorized in: Managing the Boss

Behind every great leader is a great executive assistant. Rachel Feintzeig of The Wall Street Journal took a look at some prestigious executive assistants and how they help their high-profile bosses succeed.
If Americans were taking a new job and had their choice of a boss, they would prefer a male boss over a female boss by 35% to 23%, although 40% would have no preference, according to a new Gallup poll.
Use your anger to cultivate your creativity … Give your network a boost by diversifying … Practice the 10/5 rule in the presence of co-workers.
Most people would be reluctant to befriend their supervisors on Face­­book, according to a recent study by three college professors. But members of Gen Y are more willing than their older counterparts to do so.
Sometimes it can be hard to strike up a conversation with your boss about something other than your assignments, but you really should make the effort. Five topics you may want to weave into conversations with your boss:
Here is a real-life list of actual assignments that bosses have dumped on their workers, according to employees surveyed by CareerBuilder.com.
While it could be bad for your career to point out every misstep your boss makes, you’re more likely to get a boost if you can kindly communicate constructive criticism when he really needs it, says writer and entrepreneur Jennifer Winter. She offers three tips to help you make sure any feedback you offer your boss is both diplomatic and productive.
No matter how much effort you put into creating a travel plan for your boss, something can go wrong at the last minute. Julie Perrine, All Things Admin, has five possible solutions for sticky travel situations.