10 Ways to Manage Your Boss (Part One)

It’s not just employees who need managing – bosses do too! Here are 10 ways to get the best from your boss (Part One)

Get To The Point
If you think you’re busy, imagine how much more she has going on! The more senior the position, the more responsibility and decisions a person has to handle. When you go and see her about something, don’t waste her time – make sure you have a list of everything your want to discuss and tick it off as you go along. She’ll appreciate your consideration and will realise that you’re all business.

Take Criticism
Friction arising between bosses and employees usually begins with criticism of the employee’s performance. Your natural response is to defend yourself, especially if you’ve put in your best effort. But instead of getting emotional – which could lead to tears – listen carefully to everything that’s being said and ask yourself whether it’s warranted. You can use the criticism in a positive way by improving your performance.

Pick Your Battles
All bosses want things done for the least possible outlay. Unfortunately this means trying to increase your workload without increasing your salary. While we all know that this is unfair (and your boss does too) it’s not always wise to point it out. Bear in mind that she has her own boss to report to, and explain gently that you already have your hands full and you don’t think you can do a good job of what she’s asking you to do.

Use Her Strengths
Your boss probably landed her present job because of a certain skill or quality. Maybe it was her uncanny ability to spot a gap in the market or her excellent attention to detail, Make a point of noting her strengths and trying to appreciate them. User her whenever you can – by observing what she does and asking for her input. By doing so you not only giver her ego an always-welcome boost but you also create an important learning opportunity for yourself.

Don’t Push
A frequent complaint is that bosses don’t give their employees what they need to do their jobs effectively – bigger budgets, roomier offices or newer PCs – but all these things cost the company money. Your boss probably knows things you don’t: the company could be planning to expand, and needs the resources to do so. So although the occasional well-timed reminder can be effective, don’t become a pushy whiner.