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14 Aug 09 Make Your Boss Work For You

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Have a boss that you hate?  Welcome to a huge percentage of the American workforce’s lives.  Want the key to molding your boss into someone that doesn’t make you so frustrated you can’t see straight?  Well, believe it or not, there actually are a few tactics you can try to make your boss work for you.  I’m not talking about shifting the balance of power, as that’s always a bad idea to attempt.  Sometimes it can be successful, but most of the time it just ends up with a more tense work environment, followed by your eventual firing.

Rather, try to work with your boss, understand them, figure out what they’re going for at their job.  In a way understanding what makes them tick, so you can work through the problematic times and ensure that they are fewer and farther in between by playing to what your boss is looking for.  Part of the strategy is making yourself into a great employee, as your boss in most cases is less likely to give you unnecessary hassle if you are a star performer.

The key to becoming a star performer is the way that you carry out your work.  The most commonly found workers are just the workhorses, who do what is asked, no less no more.  The problem with these people is that the management needs to constantly be giving them new projects and goals because they don’t take the effort to think for themselves.  By ensuring you are not one of these people, and instead of just doing what is asked, anticipate your bosses needs.  Go the extra mile, instead of completing a report and waiting for your boss to show up or ask for it, deliver it personally so that they don’t have to take time out of their schedule to complete such a simple task.  Little things like that can make an unbelievable difference.

By anticipating your bosses needs, and delivering your work through those means, you can look forward to starting a better relationship with your boss.  With that renewed work relationship you’ll understand each other better, likely leading to less stress and fewer confrontations when the deadlines are against you.

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