how to win your boss' trust and keep winning
Would you like to get your boss off your back?
Would you like to be able to work in peace?
Hate it when she/he stands on your head or peers over your shoulder to look at your screen to see what it is that you are doing?
Here are some tips on how you can break free.
This is also an add-on note on how to manage helicopter managers.
most employees think they are the ones who should be getting trained. This is true, but it is also true that you need to train your boss.
When you start your working relationship, your boss is a little puppy. Get him/her used to a schedule or a style of working and they will happily remain with it. As long as they get what they want, they will let you do your thing.
So put them into a habit of sorts.
1. Brief your boss every morning as they walk into office. Walk with them, giving quick updates. Repeat the process as they leave for the day.
2. Find out if your boss would like weekly reviews or maybe email updates.
The Idea is to train them to receive information and not keep calling you at odd hours.
Bosses will then only trouble you for something immediate and urgent and on most occasions they will already know about it, since you already briefed them.
In the start of the relationship (your new job or a new boss) make it a point to create situations where your trust factor is highlighted.
Can you do something that tells the boss you can be trusted?
Can you demonstrate you integrity?
Why is this so important?
In the days to come, there will be situations where you will find yourself 'my-word-against-someone-else's'
This is where the trust will win the battle.
I have head many bosses say 'If he says he did, he did. That man does not lie'
oh IMP - you may have to own up to your mistakes to achieve this.
People who do more on their own, keep coming back to the boss for more, and generally beyond the call of duty, do not need to carry their boss on their back.
The boss figures, his/her time would be better utilized riding the good-for-nothing-slouchers!
Give your boss new ideas all the time.
Always look at ways to improve.
Dont want your boss to stop by your cubicle and question you on what you are doing?
Give him/her 3 ideas that they promise to think about and revert to you. Once they make themselves comfortable, gently ask how they think the ideas could help. What in their immense exposure and expereince could be done to make the idea even better.
Most average bosses will avoid troubling you.
5. Settle Disputes At Your Own Level
Dont escalate everything to your boss.
You think showing your boss how incompetent the others are is a good thing, but it is not. They more you make him interfere the more he will think he needs to interfere.
Sort it out yourself (as far as possible) and keep him out of the picture.
Of course remember to update him/her as mentioned in point 1.
6. Do his/her work for him/her
Ask, take on extra work and perform.
The more you do their work, the more they like you, the more indispensable you become, the less the chances of him/her hovering about you.
I wrote about this in The only 2 Rules you will ever need to succeed!