Q: I’m finding it tough to work with my manager. Do you have any advice for “managing up”?
Managing up is one of the most essential skills at every level. Even as a CEO. It enables you to be less stressed, do your best work, and get the recognition that you deserve. Below are five tactics I’ve found to be most effective in managing up:
1. 📢 Over-communicate
Regularly share what you’re doing, what you plan to do, and what you’ve done with your manager. It’s nearly impossible to over-communicate. I suggest sending a simple weekly “State of The Me” email to your boss with (1) your current priorities, (2) things on your mind, and (3) blockers you need help with. Try it for two weeks — it’ll work wonders. Here’s a template you can use:
You can also highlight material changes to your priorities from the prior week to make it even easier for your manager (h/t to Nishi Patel for the idea).
2. 🤐 Set realistic expectations
When taking on work, set realistic expectations around time, resources need…