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  • Become Your Boss’s Boss

    Utilize your power subtly, yet remarkably – and illustrate “results.” Turn your boss into an evangelist for your offering. How do you do this – minimal supervision, excellent performance, diplomacy — actualization.

    If you think about it, you have more power than you give yourself credit for: it’s just how you go about identifying it, harnessing it and determining the most effective ways to use it: both for the organization — and for your own career. No matter where you might be within your career – you will have a boss: sometimes thank God for them, and other times, what in God’s name happened here, yet you will still have someone to answer to.

    Utilize your power: subtly, yet remarkably – and it should always lead to inter-connectivity, ease and  “results.”

    Turn your boss into an advocate – into an evangelist for your offering. How do you do this – minimal supervision, excellent performance, diplomacy — actualization.

    First, you must be able to get real clear about your projects, timelines, resource allocation, strategy, execution and metrics – you must own this and be intolerable of anything but excellence and value creation.

    Second, be amazing at what you do: take pride and drive through enthusiasm and game-changing performance. It must noted  to  try your best to also demonstrate compatibility with the team — with the organization, even deference to the bigger goal is ideal, yet the “right executives and managers” need to know of your magnanimous behavior. More importantly, they need to know your contribution was performed the right way and was extolled a benefit to the company.

    Third, become an ambassador, not a politician.  Politicians think about the next election: ambassadors consider the next generation.  Always play the long game. Depending on the reality of your circumstance and considered trajectory, balance your ambition against organizational needs. Be subtle, yet serious — and create an incremental plan to cut through the noise of hyper-competition.

    Fourth, become the boss before you are the boss. This is tricky, because most bosses, especially middle-managers are always looking over their shoulders for threats – so you have to appear as an advocate, but learn every skill-set the boss might need to do their job properly, and volunteer for others: again, be subtle and blend-in. Remember, no matter the skill-sets or value, they always find  ways to shoot the peacocks, so keep your head down and learn to grab power, while seeming powerless. Also, look at the managers you think excel – who are those with excellent rapport and skills – those who are builders – those who are leaders – those who people follow : turn their skills and experiences into your benefit – make those skills your own.

    For more information on how to create a more empowering relationship with your boss, see In Pursuit of a Better Boss, by Linda A. Hill and Kent Lineback, , which examines how to create a more even and empowering relationship with your boss – and with practice, scrutiny, hard work – a subtly, yet conspicuously placed ambition – become your boss’s boss.

    Good Luck.

    Calvin Wilson
    Founder and CEO
    Calvin.wilson1@verizon.net

    Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals

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