Are you being groomed for a job you don't want at your company? This happens all of the time. You’re a rockstar at your company, and your boss starts preparing you for a role you would excel in. Meanwhile, you realize that this particular role doesn’t excite you, you’re not engaged by the work, or it’s just not where your passions lie. So, what do you do? “If you’re not fully engaged with your work and you don’t see it aligning with your future career goals, it will cause problems for you,” said career expert J.T. O’Donnell. According to O’Donnell, you won’t be as effective or engaged at work, and people will notice. As a result, you’ll be unhappy and you won’t get where you want to go in the long run. So how do you deal? How can you overcome this obstacle?
There are going to come times when you have disagreements with your manager, and it’s really easy to become emotional about it. However, there’s a much better route to take than getting angry. “I’ve seen people have outbursts, I’ve seen people be passive aggressive in the office,” said career expert J.T. O’Donnell. “But that just doesn’t work. That’s not productive for anyone.” Having disagreements with your manager isn’t easy, but there are a few steps you can take in order to make the most out of the situation…
So, what’s “managing up” anyway? Basically, it’s when you “manage” your boss. Sounds weird, right? Actually, it’s one of the best things you can do for your career. Not only does it make your boss’s life easier, but it makes you a stand out employee. According to O’Donnell, the better you get to know your boss (his or her preferences, goals, etc), the better you can craft what you do each and every day at the office in order to create value. Now, here’s the most important question: how do you manage up effectively? “You have to understand and anticipate the needs of your boss,” said O’Donnell. The easiest way to do that is to ask. According to O’Donnell, you need to schedule a meeting with your boss and ask the following questions:
Managing up is a challenge all professionals face at one time or another. After all, everyone answers to someone. And learning effective ways to advance the relationship is a skill all professionals can use every day. Related: How To Be The Employee Your Company Wants To Promote Managers are not only responsible for your role and responsibilities and to a degree your career; they are also responsible for their duties as well. If you really want to make your boss a fan, think of ways to work these four phrases into your workweek:
If you are an employee looking to get ahead at your current job, you need to start managing up. Related: Unhappy With Your Career? Manage Up! Here are three rules to successfully working with those who can help your career. Managing up is not difficult and the benefits are worth the time and energy it takes to master it.