Magazine article Financial Management (UK)

How to Boss Your Boss

Magazine article Financial Management (UK)

How to Boss Your Boss

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Bosses are people who have managed to get to the top despite personality disorders, no real understanding of the business or department and a tendency to take all the credit for the hard slog of those working for them -- at least that is how it seems to a lot of their staff. Most people think they could clothe job better than their manager. Of course this view is not always accurate. Most people who get to the top do so for a good reason -- but this may not be their skill at actually getting the job done. It may be far more important that they are great motivators, great marketeers or great negotiators.

Finance directors, for example, need the vision to think strategically and the guts to turn down proposals that are not financially viable. They must be able to manage a team through the heaviest workloads, to be rigid when necessary, but also willing to be flexible. They have to keep employees, clients and customers happy -- and sometimes shareholders too. And you will not progress if you make it clear that you do not rate them. This is true even if you really doubt your boss's ability to do their job. After all, who recruited your boss? The directors are unlikely to thank you for pointing out their failure. Instead, think positively. If your manager delegates work to you, at least they trust you to do it well, and you could gain from the experience.

10 ways to manage your boss

1. Take time to understand your manager's strategy and goals. You will then have a better idea about how you can help them to achieve these. …

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