Managing Your Boss Effectively: Love Them Or Hate Them
A simple google search on “managing your boss” will bring up research report after research report on this topic. Quite a bit of it is research at the academic level. We are going to pick out some of the gems and share them with you.
My wife once told me, “I do care about other people at work but my priority is my boss when he needs something done I get it done as fast as I could”.
We all have had bosses! Some of us still have bosses. We love them, hate them or simply tolerate them! Why, because we need the job, right?
We spend most of our waking hours at our jobs.
Our jobs can excite us, depress us, and make us happy or stressed. It depends on our attitude and our relationship with our co-workers.
However, the most important is our relationship with our boss. That person will have the greatest impact on your future at the company you work for and your foreseeable future.
So it would stand to reason that how we interact with our boss will determine a lot on how we perform at our current position.
Management is taught in training after training how to lead and manage their employees. However, is there a concept of leading and managing your boss? We know that there is!
By definition “managing your boss” means to effectively work with your superiors to bring out the very best results for them, for your firm and for yourself. It is the desire to create a triple win for all involved.
The problem, of course, is that we are dealing with people, and in all cases, this means dealing with everyone’s strengths, stress points, weaknesses, shortcomings, and personalities. A very tall order!
Going back to 2002 is a great article by Jacques Horovitz on 10 rules for managing your boss. These are simple suggestions but can be very powerful when implemented. I encourage you to click the reference but I will list them here somewhat paraphrased:
- Give him a hand -be a help, not a hindrance
- Manage his time- do not waste your bosses time with that which is petty and unproductive
- Ask for their opinion, it helps their ego
- Distill the data into useful information for them
- Be solution oriented, not problem oriented
- Help educate him in a non-condescending way
- Use the tool of sub-delegating as much as possible
- Under promise and over perform without surprises
- Be professional in your documentation creation, storage, and management
- Understand yourself and your bosses’ culture and behavior
The last point is powerful! How do we do that? Everyone has strengths, stress points, weaknesses, and needs.
This is not only true in the business environment, but it transcends into the personal lives of everyone at work. So the best way to do this is first to know thyself and then know your boss.
You have to understand your own strengths, stress points, weaknesses, and needs.
Managing your boss effectively means you need to understand your bosses strengths, stress points, weaknesses, and needs.
In our research, there is only one way to get this done in depth. That is through a Birkman Assessment. It hits over 70 points of human development and produces very accurately how you behave as an individual.
It is the Birkman Institute. They can be found at The Birkman Method. So do your research on this site. It is designed to enhance and develop the personnel necessary for any organization to flourish. Present it to your boss as a way to increase productivity and a more efficient way to manage human capital.
Yes, there is a cost involved, but the return on investment to yourself, your firm and your boss may exceed it many times over.
In addition, the consult of a certified Birkman coach on interpreting the results will go a long way in implementing what the assessment will reveal, especially in the work environment.
So we have covered a few ideas on how to manage your boss. In this managing your boss article, maybe you will learn more about managing yourself.