Illustration of fusilier grenadier in parade uniform from the Imperial Guard of the Grande Armée. From book of P.-M. Laurent de L`Ardeche «Histoire de Napoleon», 1843

Managing Your Boss

Illustration of fusilier grenadier in parade uniform from the Imperial Guard of the Grande Armée. From book of P.-M. Laurent de L`Ardeche «Histoire de Napoleon», 1843

There are as many kinds of bosses as there are breeds of dog or Americans. Basically infinite.

The first step is to understand your boss.

  • What are his/her key goals, fears and problems ?
  • What is he/she like as a person: calm, wroth, happy, insecure, proud, ambitious, trusting, greedy, disrespectful, fair ?
  • How does he/she handle pressure: the really tough situations, decisions, and results ?

The second step is to decide what you want from your boss.

More recognition, less micro-management, more authority, more support, more direction, less hostility…? Understand that if you don’t consciously manage your boss, they will manage you… In this case it really is a zero-sum game. One partner has to be the case officer and one has to be the agent.

Finally, map a strategy to get what you want, “put in the controls” and then carefully operate the simple system you’ve created.

And how do you “put in the controls” ? Ah, Grasshopper, that is for another day.


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