LA Marketing: 7 Ways to Become Your Boss’ Dream
SPRINGDALE, AR, August 2014 – When your goal is to make your manager more successful—rather than just yourself—you’
It’s not complicated;
1. Get to Know Your Manager
You can’t make your boss’ life easier if you don’t understand how they fundamentally operate. So, your first step is to figure out what they need from you—and how you should deliver it.
Do they prefer updates delivered in written form or verbally? Do they want information conveyed via email, during a team meeting, or on a voicemail?
Getting to know your manager and his preferences will help you deliver that they need. And who doesn’t appreciate that?
2. Know Your Boss’ Goals
As a member of a team, you may be so focused on your own goals that you forget that you’re actually there to support your manager achieving their goals. So, make it your job to understand the goals, numbers, projects, and other deliverables your boss is accountable for.
3. Never Let Your Manager Be Blindsided
If you suspect that one of your customers is getting really ticked off and is about to escalate over you, you need to let your manager know. Otherwise, they’ll be completely blindsided by the situation, unprepared to handle it, and likely, not too happy with you.
A blindside creates frustration and chaos that usually ends up in a major time-wasting fire drill. Avoid it, and believe me, your manager will thank you.
4. Don’t Expect Your Boss to Spoon-Feed You
It may sound harsh, but no manager wants to babysit you. So if you have questions about health insurance, where to find the pencils, or how to file an expense report, find a colleague who can help you get your answers.
Save one-on-one time with your boss for work-related matters that require collaboration;
5. Meet (or Beat!) Your Deadlines
When you get an assignment from your manager, enthusiastically commit to the deadline (this means “I’m on it!” not, “I’ll see what I can do”). Then, aim to deliver it at least a day early.
This gives your boss time to flex and adapt in case something comes up—and it always does—rather than sweating it out for you to deliver something at the very last minute.
6. Offer Solutions, Not Problems
Your job is not to constantly point out problems that arise, but rather, to proactively start thinking about what solutions could help address those challenges.
For example, you should never walk into your boss’ office to complain. Instead, see what you can do to help. Then, when you do go to your boss about it, you’ll be able to let him or her know the action you’ve already taken to start solving the problem.
7. Do What You Say; Say What You Do
People who are accountable for their actions and follow up on their commitments are dream team members—and their bosses know they can count on them, no matter what.
People who work to make their managers successful are golden. Your manager has a tough job—the stress and pressure of which may not be abundantly evident to you. So, help your manager out and develop your own skills at the same time, by doing everything you can to make your boss’ job easier. When you’re a manager, you’ll appreciate the same.
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