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Managing the boss equation

Managing the boss equation
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First Published: Sun, Feb 06 2011. 08 24 PM IST

Don’t give up: Listen to your boss’s feedback and tap into his skills
Don’t give up: Listen to your boss’s feedback and tap into his skills
Updated: Sun, Feb 06 2011. 08 25 PM IST
You may not be able to change your bad boss, but there are ways to at least tilt the dynamic in your favour, according to Harvard Business Review.
Don’t give up: Listen to your boss’s feedback and tap into his skills
If you’re stuck with a bad boss, don’t give up. While you can’t change your boss, you may be able to alter the dynamic of your relationship. Focus on trying to better utilize your manager by doing the following two things:
Exploit your boss’ strength. Figure out where your boss excels and tap into those skills when they are most useful. For example, if he is good at big-picture thinking, ask him to share his vision for driving your critical project forward.
Listen to learn. Too many bosses are critical of ideas that they haven’t generated. Next time your boss takes down your idea, listen. While it may be hard to hear, his critique could include useful feedback that improves your proposal. Reuters
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First Published: Sun, Feb 06 2011. 08 24 PM IST