My longtime friend, mentor and boss Tom Hennesy once told me that when you are in trouble is when you need to communicate the most. Hmm? That seems counter intuitive. When you are in trouble is when most of us seek to stay out of the limelight and particularly out of the path of our boss and others of importance. “Let’s hide and all the bad news will go away.”
However the opposite is the real path to success. Go talk to your boss when you are in trouble and the sooner the better. Talk a lot, get to the bottom of the issues and work out a plan to get back on track. Communication is the path to success – lots of it – issue discussions, redirection, evaluation and eventual good performance.
Your boss wants you to do well. If your boss did not want you to succeed he would have gotten rid of you long ago so take the bull by the horns to get yourself back on track.