Career Coach - Feel Confident Managing your Manager!
Feel confident with the Manager
Some advice for building a strong relationship with your manager, and taking charge of your career.
- Managers are interested in employees who will help them accomplish the many goals and objectives that are often set for their teams.
- Self-starters, self-motivated, initiative takers, independent, results oriented individuals are often in demand.
- If your Manager had a hand in hiring you then you can be confident that he/she already thinks well of you.
- Now that you’re hired, it’s up to you.
- Performing well can reinforce the message that the decision to bring you on board was the right decision.
- Following are some tips that will help you build a great relationship with your Manager, while building your confidence in your ability to “manage up.”
Put yourself in your Managers shoes.
- From their perspective, what are the stresses, the pressures, the goals, the objectives, and the demands?
- Once you have a clear sense of this, you are then better able to make decisions, tailor your communications, and make contributions that will enable others to perceive you as an MVM - Most Valuable Member of the team!
Also, see your Manager as a person
- Your manager is just like you - has worked his/her way up to the position they now have. Therefore, they have lots of knowledge and experience to share with you.
- If they are willing, allow them to be your mentor. Ask for feedback regularly, and get their input on your career goals.
- Encourage bonding by engaging in occasional banter about family, personal hobbies, etc. Share your information, but inquire about his/her family, hobbies, etc. as well.
Be helpful - Be proactive
- Since you have an understanding of what the demands are on your manager, try your best to contribute to them.
- What are some immediate accomplishments you can make to help further the team?
- Where can you take the initiative to solve a problem or improve a process that wasn’t even on the radar screen?
- Demonstrating a clear understanding of the strategic focus of the organisation will help others to perceive you as a leader and team player.
- You will gain the respect of your managers, and ensure your career is on the fast track.
Manage your performance review process
- Record your accomplishments regularly and keep a record of your Personal Development Plan, and inquire about other ways you can contribute to overall team goals.
- Be assertive about your career plan and ask for projects that will stretch your current abilities.
- Be clear about the support you seek from your manager, and be equally clear about the deliverables you will produce.
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