Don’t Cross Your Boss


How do you handle the “ifs” in your relationship with your boss?

Webster’s dictionary defines “boss” as “a person who exercises control or authority; specifically, one who directs or supervises workers.”

Here are four tips that will help you accomplish assignments from your boss:

• Take notes on what your boss asks you to do.

• Ask when assignments are to be started and completed.

• Ask how and when your boss wants progress reports.

• Leave plenty of room for questions.

There are always “ifs.” Here is what to do about them.

If you are not sure of something, ask.

If you have a helpful suggestion, share it.

If a project involves money, ask for the budget limit.

If you cannot complete the assignment on time, say so.

If priorities are unclear, ask which are most important.

And then there is the Big If!

If you do not agree or are uneasy with the assignment, ask questions to find out more about what, how, where, when and why.

Finally, always tell your boss the truth – even if it is hard or awkward. The truth works better than anything else.

Regardless of where you are on the corporate ladder, work as hard and as smart as you can to help your boss succeed. Be on the lookout for problems and opportunities. Keep your ear to the ground for trouble coming. Be alert for chances to contribute beyond the call of duty.

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