Managing up is the process of maintaining an effective, productive working relationship with your supervisors. More than just keeping your bosses happy, it’s all about building a strong relationship with your manager, keeping them informed and positioning yourself as a trusted team member. Below are five tips to effectively manage up.
- Know what matters and prioritize
To effectively manage up, you must first know your manager’s vision and priorities and how they fit within the organization’s overall goals. Understanding this will allow you to put a “why” behind the work you are doing and align your goals and priorities with theirs.
- Communicate openly
One of the most important aspects of managing up is strong communication. This is both about getting information and context from your boss, as well as communicating progress upwards, sharing your ideas, insights and requests, and providing feedback. Try to anticipate questions and give information proactively before it is requested.
- Provide value
It’s not about what your boss can do for you, but what you can do for your boss. Take initiative when the opportunity presents itself, and when a problem arises, bring solutions to the table.
- Build rapport
We tend to have more positive relationships with people we feel personally connected with, so develop rapport with your boss. Knowing the motivations of your managers – in and out of the office – can help you best position your actions to help achieve their goals.
Check out the most recent posts
The COVID-19 pandemic has been brutal to nearly all businesses. With nearly 79% of small businesses reporting a negative effect by last summer*, cutting costs is more important than ever to survive in this tough environment. Here are some user-friendly virtual tools to help you get work done on a budget.
Whether working at home or in the office, your filing system can support the management and growth of your business – if implemented the right way. Here are five essential elements to creating an office filing system that works.
During the first quarter of the year, you may find yourself working on projects that call for recapping the work you’ve accomplished over the last year. This usually means creating reports and presentations that share data and information in a meaningful and well-thought out way.
For many business owners, saving money is a priority, especially as the country continues to weather the COVID-19 pandemic.
Top selling claim measured by NPD Group, a global leader in market research and customer insight; Total Boise Paper brand revenue from January 2014 – November 2017