I thought I will write about Boss Management when I retire but couldn’t resist this for long; this is a day to day reality. After all the boss is the key to:
But still many of us lack the skill of Boss Management, you know why? I have no clue either as it has been my chronic weakness too. If I clicked with some of my bosses, it must have been incidental or our relationship was inevitable in mutual interest.
This brings me back to school/college days during which time some of my classmates seemed to have better chemistry with our teachers than the rest of us. As a result, they (the privileged classmates) displayed superior knowledge of the relevant subjects by reading up on topics the day before; always able to ask appropriate questions to the teacher about the topics; and never failed to draw positive attention to themselves! In return, the teachers too favoured these curious bunch!
Managing upward is clearly a skill that exists at all stages of life. During childhood, while some of us were happily playing and busy studying, there were a select few who picked up the knowledge of power centres early on to draw more attention and subsequently earn rewards.
Unfortunately the same can’t be said for many at the workplace including star performers on having this essential skill. A large number of good talent who are positively aggressive in their work delivery are oblivious of the power contained within effective upward management. Yours truly was of no exception. From college days to work, we kept wishing that we’ll get better at it at some point!
So what is boss management? I view “boss management” as “a relationship process with your superior which you need to consciously and continuously work on to create the best possible experiences of yourself to your boss”.
The question is, how do you manage upward at the workplace without lowering your self-esteem?
You must be wondering, isn’t it a world of employees, isn’t the boss supposed to do all the above mentioned things to keep his/her team engaged? Yes absolutely, but is that something you can influence? So try doing what is in your control or that is easily doable for your wellness.
I think it’s about time organisations introduce a module on “Managing Up” in the New Employee Induction Program. Sounds creepy? No, I mean it. It is often said that people leave their managers so why shouldn’t we train our employees on upward management for better harmony at work, increased productivity and raised retention rates?
The key is to keep in mind that bosses crave attention and appreciation similar to you and me. Go on and secure that edge you deserve by respectably filling in the gaps in your boss’s “lonely life at the top”.
Common Guys Queue up now! I am slightly ahead of you in this Q 🙂