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Daily Thought 5/1/12: Bosses and Employees

Phew, it has been a while since my last post and for that I apologize. I was on vacation a few weeks back and then got caught up catching up. Alas, I am back.

Over the past week, Geoffrey James has run a series of complimentary blog posts for Inc. that explores the relationship between bosses and employees in situations where the boss is successful.

The first post explores traits that make a boss extraordinary. Of the eight mentioned best practices, it is important to see that six of them focus on the relationship between boss and employee. And all six of those suggest that the best bosses empower and trust their employees and work in a great symbiotic relationship.

The follow-up piece looks at traits that make employees the best for their bosses. Unsurprisingly six of these eight tips relate directly to maintaining a positive working relationship with your boss and they all provide building blocks for trust, responsibility, and freedom. Essentially if you are true to your word and good at communicating, you will make your boss happy.

James finishes the second piece with a very intriguing, and I think accurate, thought that I will close with:

Know your real job.

Regardless of what it says on your job description, your real job is to make your boss successful. There are no exceptions to this rule. None.

And, by the way: Your boss’s real job is to make you more successful. The reversal of these priorities is the source of almost all organizational problems.

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Daily Thought 3/21/12: Leading Up

Recently I had been planning a post out in my head about “leading up”. That is, how to lead your manager/supervisor/leader. Then today I ran across a nice piece on the American Management Association website about influencing your boss.

This article hits on a lot of keys to leading up. When you lead up, you need to be able to influence those above you to achieve your vision and goals. The best way to do this is to earn the trust of your supervisor and make their goals your goals and vice versa. By showing your dedication to them, they will in turn become more dedicated to you and give you more autonomy to make decisions. Once you are making important decisions you are able to direct conversations and projects, thus leading everyone involved (including those above you).

Its funny when you think about it. The same basic tactics that make you a great leader for your followers can also help you become a leader of those above you.

  • Pursue mutual success
  • Make them know they can trust you
  • Focus on what is important to them
  • Adapt to their work style
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