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Become a real partner with your boss

I know how often employees get frustrated with the boss. “What is the matter with him? What was she thinking? That’s stupid.” We have all heard and probably said similar things from time to time with the assumption that the boss is doing things we think are stupid. Hold on. No boss I know ever sets out to do anything other than try to do what is right for the business. So don’t get frustrated when things don’t seem right.

When the right time comes, ask the boss about her big picture goals.  Most bosses will be happy to share and that will help you understand. And if you have a suggestion, the boss is likely to really appreciate your contribution. I remember a time in my career when I had a new boss who really did not understand some key points in the operation.  I pitched to help him learn and it worked to my advantage in a later promotion.

Bosses are trying to do the right thing and the best that we can do for the boss and for ourselves is be supportive and try to understand as much as we can about the overarching business goals so we can provide the maximum contribution to business success.

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