How to Manage Your Boss

Manage Your (Relationship) With Your Boss

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DON'T RELY ON YOUR BOSS FOR YOUR SUCCESS. DON'T LET A BAD BOSS GET YOU DOWN
DUE TO A LACK OF SKILLS AND TRAINING BAD BOSSES ARE EVERYWHERE
Did you know that half (43% *) of all people have left a job because of their boss? But because the vast majority of bosses don't have any special abilities or training, you're likely to end up replacing one bad boss with another. Instead of replacing one problem with another, find out how to manage your boss. 


Right or wrong, your boss affects your work success and happiness. If you don't manage your boss, sooner or later it's going to damage your job. But if you do manage your boss, not only will this give you much better bonuses, promotions and increases but this will reduce your work stress. This doesn't mean you have to work harder, in fact use these techniques to find out how you can work smarter, not harder.

You see even good people can make bad bosses because they simply don't know what they should do, never receive relevant training and are put into stressful situations that they aren't equipped to deal with.
THIS IS BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH, WEALTH AND HAPPINESS
This means that employees like you end up with any of the following:
  • Feeling disconnected from your boss and team,
  • Lacking guidance, meaning you're working on the wrong things or making mistakes unknowingly,
  • Lacking financial and verbal recognition for your contribution,
  • Lacking growth and career progression and in the worst cases,
  • Being bullied and abused
And what this means is you'll be stuck in your job, get lower bonuses, increases and promotions, feel unvalued, hate your job and maybe even destroy your health. I know because I've been there.

CAN YOU MANAGE YOUR MANAGER?
Can you manage your manager? You can't change your boss - if you try you'll waste your time and fail. What you can do is change what you do with your boss. This course will show you what to do so that you can have a healthy, happy and successful career regardless of how good or bad your boss is.


Secret Tip for Managing Your Boss: Just like the first rule of Fight Club is that you don't talk about Fight Club, you don't tell your boss that you are trying to manage them. Because you don't have authority, bosses are insecure and don't appreciate being told what they are doing is wrong. Telling your boss you are managing them could damage your career. 

This system works on a win-win basis. By understanding your boss's needs, preferences and working style you will be able to manage your boss by working smarter, not harder.


BONUSES, TEMPLATES AND DOWNLOADS

This course includes:
  • Several Templates and Downloads for you to use in managing your boss,
  • Guidance on exactly what to do and say,
  • Mistakes to avoid when managing your boss,
  • Questions you must ask your boss,
  • Online video coaching

RESULTS AND REVIEWS

Review for Managing Your Boss Through One on Ones
"I used to pride myself on my diligence but now I realise the silly mistakes I've made. I wish I had started follwoing this advice on One on One meetings with my boss earlier in my career - it would've saved me a lot of wasted work, got me better promotions and definitely got me better bonuses"
Written by: Aaron
Date published: 12/12/2016
Testimonial for Managing Your Boss
"I used to work hard, deliver results and then get upset when I thought my review was not fair. I blamed my boss for being unclear about what he wanted. Now I know how to take control of the situation"
Written by: K****
Date published: 03/30/2017
5 / 5 stars
Recommendation for Managing Your Manager
"My boss seemed fine in the interview but it didn't take long to realise that they were a bad boss. I was feeling demotivated, disconnected and unvalued. I thought that the only way to fix it and get on with growing my career was to find another job. But then I started taking responsibility for managing my boss and I'm enjoying the challenge plus the progress I'm making"
Written by: Sarina
Date published: 02/18/2017
5 / 5 stars

WHAT CAUSES BAD BOSSES?

A challenge with managing your boss is that bad bosses come in many shapes and sizes. A bad boss could be good person doing a bad job. They could be ignorant or insecure or be struggling with their own problems. There's nothing special about bosses and they suffer the same problems as other people which means they could be anywhere on the spectrum from not socially well adjusted, through to serious mental and social unwellness right through to undiagnosed clinical conditions. Understanding the different types of bad boss will help you solve the particular problems. What type of problems do you recognise:


WHAT ARE THE MYTHS ABOUT YOUR MANAGER WHICH ARE SELF LIMITING BELIEFS

MYTH #1: HIGH PERFORMERS DON'T NEED A BOSS

Just consider this - the highest performing athletes all have professional coaches. No matter how good you are, everyone needs guidance, support and encouragement to succeed. The most talented people will not reach their potential without support.

And if you're a high performer but your boss doesn't know what you're doing - you will not get the recognition you deserve. Or worse you will be performing at a high level but on the wrong things. And even high performers have blind spots that they are not aware of.

MYTH 2: YOUR MANAGER WILL SPEAK TO YOU WHEN THEY NEED TO

Your boss CAN speak to you whenever they want but most under communicate. It's far too common to get to your performance review and find out that you missed some performance criteria that your boss never told you about.

Bosses don't communicate because of many reasons including: Insecurity, a desire to be liked, conflict avoidance, incompetence and a lack of boss training. Right now you could be doing something your boss doesn't like but hasn't told you. This is why you can't afford to leave communications up to your boss. Tip for managing your boss: take responsibility to make sure you meet regularly with your boss even if they don't ask. Use the email template provided in the free training for One on One meetings with your boss.

MYTH #3: SOME BOSSES TOO BUSY TO MEET YOU

The truth is that your boss does not have time to not meet with you. Your boss may have “more important” responsibilities but your boss is responsible for what you do and how you do it. The only reason for your boss not to meet with you is if your job has no relevance at all and if this is the case then you don’t have job security let alone recognition. The way to get job security is to make sure that you stay relevant. And how you stay relevant is by regularly meeting with your boss to ensure that you’re doing the right things.

Keep your one on one time with your boss concise and useful. If your boss feels like they don’t need to meet with you because they don’t think what you do is valuable then explain your achievements and why they are valuable. If you don’t, you will fail to get recognition, get stuck in a role, get isolated which leads to a dead end.

When you make yourself valuable to the boss then your boss will realise that time with you pays off.

Tip for managing managers who are “too busy”: A big risk of bosses that are “too busy” is that they have expectations for you that they don’t tell you about. That’s why you need to take responsibility for managing upwards to find out their expectations and demonstrate to them that you are making a contribution. Tip to manage your boss: Regularly check in with your boss to check in with expectations.

MYTH #4: HIDING MISTAKES AND PROBLEMS AVOIDS TROUBLE.

Bosses do not like surprises. I can tell you this because my boss told me this and as a boss I don’t like surprises. The best way to “cover your ass” is to disclose problems and mistakes before they become more significant. You want your boss to find out when they can still help to fix them. Rather than afterwards when it’s too late.

Tip to manage your boss: The best way to avoid trouble is to cover problems and risks as part of a regular one on one meeting with your boss. There is more information about how to do this in the free course on one on one meetings with your boss.

MYTH #5: NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS, BUT GETTING PERFORMANCE COMMUNICATION AND BEING “COACHED” IS BAD NEWS.

No news isn’t a sign that everything is OK, it's a sign of a boss who is neglecting their management responsibilities. Firstly for you - it’s difficult to operate in a vacuum without getting acknowledgement it’s difficult not to feel unimportant. Secondly unless you’re a mind reader, you are going to be out of alignment with the boss. Whether this is on priorities, ways of working or any pet peeve your boss may harbour.

Performance communication and coaching have got bad names because historically they have been misused to “manage out” poor performers. But this is a sign of an incompetent boss. Performance Communication and coaching are how you get better at your job, it’s how you grow and learn, it’s how you progress in your career (including financially) and it’s also how you find out about your blindspots that are holding you back.

Managing your boss tip: Don’t wait to be coached to fix problems. Be proactive with your boss to ask where you can be better. Be proactive by asking your boss where to improve your skills and capabilities. This will 180 degree change your relationship with your boss from seeing you as someone with problems they have to fix as a duty to seeing you as someone trying to be better who they can help as an opportunity. And of course the best place to have these conversations is in one on one meetings with your boss.

Remember every boss has something to teach you. And if your boss doesn’t have the time to train you themselves they can still refer you to other people or coaches who do.

Start Managing your boss through One on One Meetings with your Boss over here:

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WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF BAD BOSSES AND HOW TO MANAGE UPWARDS

BAD BOSS TYPE: THE ANGRY BOSS / BULLY BOSS / CRAZY BOSS / NARCISSISTIC BOSS

We all know these people and avoid them but what happens when one is your boss? These bosses are critical (without being constructive). They use intimidation and fear to get their way. The secret is that the cause of this bad behaviour is insecurity and that they don't know any other way to assert their authority. This bullying can be toxic to your health and this boss will do no favours for you or your career.

HOW TO MANAGE A BULLY BOSS OR NARCISSISTIC BOSS:

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BAD BOSS TYPE: LAISSEZ FAIRE BOSS / GHOST BOSS AND TOO BUSY BOSS

The ghost boss is the type of boss who is either playing golf or thinking about it. They believe in Management By Exception and their catchphrase is you do your job, and I'll do mine. Ironically this is very similar to the boss who is too busy to give you the time of day because in both cases you have an absent boss.

On the face of it, the freedom sounds great but your boss is effectively absent which means they aren't helping to grow your career, correct your limiting blindspots, aren't recognising your contribution. You'll soon feel undervalued, disconnected and unimportant. Often these bosses have expectations from you which they don't tell you about. What inevitably happens is everything seems ok, until suddenly it isn't because years of neglect finally catch up, often disastrously.

HOW TO MANAGE A LAISSEZ FAIRE BOSS / GHOST BOSS / TOO BUSY BOSS

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BAD BOSS TYPE: THE MICROMANAGER

On the other end of the scale we have the micromanager. The boss who gives you no authority. Who is always interrupting you and wasting your time. The boss who requires way too much oversight and detail. This is annoying because you aren't trusted to do the job the way you think it should be done. Your boss doesn't allow you to grow. This can destroy your confidence but mainly is a negative, inefficient way of working which means you'll struggle to achieve your potential. The constant demands from your boss will put pressure on your personal life too.

HOW TO MANAGE A MICROMANAGER BOSS

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BAD BOSS TYPE: THE OVER FRIENDLY BOSS

Best captured by the quote from “The Office” when Michael says: "Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy, both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me."

On the surface a boss that wants to be friends seems like a good thing. But when their desire to be liked gets in the way of their boss duties, then you'll be the one who pays the price.

HOW TO MANAGE OVER FRIENDLY BOSSES

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BAD BOSS TYPE: THE WHIRLWIND BOSS

This is the boss who is always on the move, constantly changing their mind. Impossible to pin down. Bad at administration including forgetting what they asked you to do. They lack focus.

HOW TO MANAGE WHIRLWIND BOSSES

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WHAT DOES MANAGER FOUNDATION DO?

Manager Foundation makes companies better places to work, improving employee productivity through job satisfaction. Manager Foundation primarily works with managers because these are the people that represent the company to it's employees. Managers have a tough job and we help them by sharing with them proven, time saving management techniques. Because we train managers how to be better bosses we know what problems bosses face, what causes bosses to behave the way they do and how to manage your own boss. Click here to get a map to our head office in Sydney.



Manage Your (Relationship) With Your Boss includes these courses

Introduction to Managing Your (Relationship) with Your Boss
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One-on-Ones with your Boss
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Managing Your Relationship With Your Boss - Boss Goals and Objectives
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Managing Your Relationship With Your Boss - Boss Communication Style
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Managing Your Relationship With Your Boss - Quick Wins
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Managing Your Relationship With Your Boss - Boss Management Style
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