Working effectively with your manager
(Former name: Managing your boss)
Managing our bosses? Isn’t that merely manipulation? Corporate cozying up? Out-and-out political maneuvering? In fact, we manage our bosses for very good reasons: to get resources to do the best job, not only for ourselves, but for our bosses and our companies as well. We actively pursue a healthy and productive working relationship based on mutual respect and understanding – understanding our own and our bosses’ strengths, weaknesses, goals, work styles, and needs.
Bosses need cooperation, reliability, and honesty from their direct reports. Managers, for their part, rely on bosses for making connections with the rest of the company, for setting priorities, and for obtaining critical resources. If the relationship between you and your boss is rocky, then it is you who must begin to manage it. When you take the time to cultivate a productive working relationship – by understanding your boss’s strengths and weaknesses, priorities, and work style – everyone wins.
This course is not about creating a better filing system or honing your note taking skills, it’s about understanding the value of the relationship you have with your boss, often described as ‘a mutually dependent existence between two fallible individuals.’ You depend on your boss for direction, feedback and support, while your boss depends on you for new ideas, hard work and cooperation to achieve the organisation’s goals. Both sides have needs, and both sides have something to offer. It is a critical relationship worth tending to.