Managing the Boss

How do you build a positive professional relationship with a shy boss? That’s what one reader asked recently on the Admin Pro Forum.
A new study by Leadership IQ reveals that most people spend only half of the time they should be spending with their boss each week—only three of the six optimal hours.

5 ways to advance your career

July 10, 2014 Categorized in: Managing the Boss

Chances are you’re looking to grow at work and earn a promotion. You may also be wondering what you can do to increase the chances you’ll be able to advance in your career. MonsterWorking’s Hannah Hamilton spoke to career experts who offered the following five tips.
It can be frustrating when you’ve crafted an informative email to your boss but receive only a one-word response: “noted” or “done.” There are things you can do to keep the email miscommunication to a minimum, Sue Shellenbarger writes.
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.