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Friday, February 4, 2011

Are you stuck with a bad boss?

You may not be able to change your bad boss, but there are ways to - at least tilt - the dynamic in your favour.
If you're stuck with a bad boss, don't give up, says Liz Wiseman from the Harvard Business Review. While you can't change your boss, you may be able to alter the dynamic of your relationship. Focus on trying to better utilize your manager by doing the following two things:

1. Exploit your boss's strength. Figure out where your boss excels at and tap into those skills when they are most useful. For example, if he is good at big-picture thinking, ask him to share his vision for driving your critical project forward.

2. Listen to learn. Too many bosses are critical of ideas that they haven't generated. Next time your boss takes down your idea, listen. While it may be hard to hear, his critique could include useful feedback that improves your proposal.

Do you think these tips could help you manage up?

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