|Martin Yate CPC
NY Times Bestseller
35 Years in
Could the quality of your relationship with your boss affect your career success? Absolutely. Your boss has a profound influence over your ability to climb the ladder at a new company and build a successful career.
The 12 tips for making your boss your ally
- Understand what’s needed and deliver it on time and in the way your boss prefers.
- Make it accurate and what is requested rather than what you can get away with.
- Seek advice and accept constructive criticism gracefully.
- Share the credit you receive for work well done.
- Communicate clearly, professionally, honestly, and as often as your boss wants.
- Be a reliable team member in thought, word, and deed.
- Become the most reliable team member in thought, word, and deed.
- Consistently make your boss look good to others through your words and deeds.
- Thank your boss for either specific support on an endeavor or general encouragement.
- Never assume a job is complete when you hand it in. Be prepared to revise, edit, or recast your work.
- Increase your skills and expand your connectivity by volunteering for any interdepartmental projects or committees.
- Look for orphan projects that no one wants but that you know your boss wants done.
Avoid these behaviors that could alienate your boss:
- Don’t over-commit yourself to special projects to the point that your performance suffers.
- Never display disloyalty. If you’re seeking a promotion your boss should know and be part of the program.
- Ensure by your actions that others within your department know of your loyalty to them and to the department’s goals.
- Never criticize your boss to other employees.
- Take on orphan projects that you think will impress your boss without knowing if they actually will
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