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How To Get Noticed & Appreciated By Your Boss

Feb 24, 2008
With spring around the corner, many young men and women are preparing to graduate. Many of them will enter the business world for the first time. If they are like me, there will be certain lessons they will learn to be successful. One of the most important lessons is how to manage your boss. Read on below to find 5 simple steps to managing your boss.

First of all, understand that your boss will give you more autonomy the better you keep them informed. Update them regularly whether they ask for it or not. Understand that your boss has many projects and people to look over and the easier you make that for them, the more they appreciate you. Even if the news is bad getting it out sooner rather than later is always best.

Be prepared when you meet with your boss. When you meet with your boss, have an agenda or a list of items you want to discuss. Don't be afraid to let your boss see the list. There's no shame in being organized. You have a better chance of getting time during the meeting to discuss your issues and ideas as well as his. If meetings with your boss tend to be impromptu, just keep a running list on your desk so you always have it ready when you get pulled into her office.

Most bosses, if asked, will say they don't want to be interrupted. But there is a fine art of following up with your boss on important issues. You don't want to bug him or her but you do need to get attention when you need it. Be persistent but not pesty. Be courteous of their privacy and knock before entering their office and never enter when they are on the phone unless you have a prescheduled meeting and they wave you in.

Fight the urge to self promote. You are there to make them look good. When you support your boss and your team, you will become a resource that others higher up in the company will notice. That's how you get the unsolicited tap on the shoulder to come work for them.

Be grateful for the job and be respectful of the burdens your boss is carrying. All to often all we see is a person who's making more money than us and, perhaps, we are a bit envious of them. We start expecting them to be more intelligent, more mature, and more subject to our needs. But think of the impact you will create when you let your boss know that you are happy to have your job and respect them as a person. I'm not advocating being some sort of overly optimistic happy Harry or to kiss up to your boss at every turn. No it's a quiet gratitude and gentle respect I'm advocating.

I assure you that if you follow these five steps not only will you see greater success in the business world than do those who don't, you'll end up being happier as well. And that's just goodness no matter how you look at it.
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