Managing Up: 59 Ways to Build a Career-Advancing Relationship with Your Boss by Michael S. Dobson
Who doesn’t want at least one of the above at one or many stages in their career?
Well this book (and yes I’m a sucker for a career-advicey book) is all about your relationship with your boss, who ultimately represents this (unless you have some weird and wacky company structure where everyone takes a vote) this: your promotion, your pay rise, your flexible working hours and any other work related thing that you heart desires.
Two things about this book
1. Uber practical – take the tips, get to work now
2. Common sense – which as well all know, isn’t all that common.
Eight quotes on managing your career/boss
(all quotes directly from the book)
- “…compensate for your boss’s weak points. Everyone has them.”
- “The number 1 duty of every employee is to have a successful relationship with the boss.”
- “DBMP-BMA” rule: “Don’t bring me problems, bring me answers.”
- “Just remember this: Management has to have a role in any major decision or project, and if you don’t give them one, they’ll take one.”
- “Don’t always wait to be asked or ordered; volunteer to help out, and then make sure all the credit goes to your boss.”
- “…one of the most powerful tools available to you in advancing your relationship with your boss is to give credit and praise generously.
- “Another strategy is recommended by noted self-esteem expert Jack Canfield. He suggests you keep a Victory Log of all your everyday successes, no matter how small.”
- “Job titles and money tend to come after the fact to the people who’ve already proven themselves.”
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Happy managing up,