Managing Up


Manage episode 298712900 series 1341557
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Show Notes

  • [0:00:00] Episode Summary | Intro

  • Jeremy tries out new greetings…

  • [0:02:16] Managing Up & Why it Works

  • Challenging...and comes with many landmines.
    • Do it right and your life is easier.
    • Do it poorly and it could make your work and culture really suffer.
  • You can’t control whether someone is a good or bad manager, but you can put your best foot forward.
    • You have very real restrictions in how you can deal with a manager, and how you interact with them.
  • Managers aren’t perfect, and are oftentimes someone who was in a similar role to you, but was good enough at their job to be moved up (sometimes against their will or desired growth path).
    • This however does not mean that they’ll inherently be a good manager.
  • Rarely is a manager ever actually ‘out to get you’, but poor communication and misunderstandings can make it feel like the opposite.
    • Over communicate.
      • Don’t assume you’re on the same page and that you have the same goals or high level view of the work and tasks at hand.

  • [0:09:55] Healthy Ways to Communicate

  • Force Clarity
  • Ask Questions
    • Also ask good questions. ;)
  • Understand How You’ll be Measured
    • How will you know you’ve done a good job?
    • How do you know when you’re excelling or falling behind expectations?
      • Try to avoid unwritten/undiscussed expectations from both parties.
    • Share what success looks like to you.
      • Make efforts to humanize yourself and your manager by finding that common ground.
    • Don’t be afraid to negotiate priorities when you’ve developed a good rapport with your manager.
  • Recurring check-ins are great refreshers and reminders of what’s on your plate.
    • Which helps measuring workload.

  • [0:19:57] Be to Solution...with caveats.

  • Figure out ways to remove stress and not be the source of stress for your manager.
  • If you bring an issue to your manager, attempt to bring a solution, or a series of solutions.
    • When you come with a solution you give your manager options, which provides the potential for them to lead well.
      • You also shape how you’re known. You can be known as the person for solutions, or for problems.
        • You have to decide which you want to be known for. (This all assuming you don’t work for, or belong to, a toxic culture.)
  • Some situations can be fixed.
    • But you might be able to course correct and salvage what’s there.
    • If you can’t manage up, it might be time to think about transitioning out.

  • [0:26:15] Parting Words

  • Just like peer relationships, managing up is never done.
    • It’s an ongoing process, and it’s an uneven relationship with a “balance of power” to keep in mind to make sure you’re handling that relationship in a productive manner.

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