Managing your Relationship with your Boss
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Managing your Relationship with your Boss

Creating the environment to succeed in your career with and in spite of your boss!
4.5 (2 ratings)
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Created by Joseph Prabhakar
Last updated 4/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the need for being aware of your boss and how it is impacting your career
  • Learn how you can grow your career while helping your boss grow his/hers.
  • Figure out the various options you have to deal with different types of bosses.
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  • An open mind to learn and engage.
  • That's it. Not much else is needed.


Thank you so very much for taking this course! For someone whose central theme in life is gratitude, this means a whole lot to me. Thank you.

After having worked for 20+ years I had the stark realization that I have been successful in some jobs and not so successful in others. In every one of the successful ones, I have had a great boss, which simply meant he/she and I figured out a way to work together, support each other and grow together. We looked after each other’s interests.

Needless to say, the other side of the coin wasn’t as pretty. Embarrassingly so, I did not realize that the reason for not shining through in some jobs were a direct result of having a boss, that I did not particularly enjoy working with. But the real embarrassment came in the form of not recognizing that my boss could be wrong at all. Given my upbringing and cultural background, I just did not want to think that bosses could be wrong as well.

This course is a result of those realizations and exercising my free will to thrive in the situations or find the options which allowed me to grow in my career. From there on, it was no longer about my boss. It was about me and how I should behave with such a boss and the options I had in front of me.

I am not the one to judge a boss. That is clearly not my job. Why he/she behaves in a certain way is not my business. However, the growth trajectory of my jobs is very much my business and that is exactly what this course is all about.

You don’t see this topic being discussed every day. But gaining a thorough understanding of the topic and the options available, you can live a life that is filled with happiness and pursue a career that best suits your personality and temperament.

I will be with you on this journey. Write to me. Hit me up on Twitter. Your job and your growth is your business. Own it. And allow me to facilitate your success.

Thank you again. I am grateful you are taking this course. My very best for your success in this journey.

Joseph Prabhakar


Who is the target audience?
  • You are someone who has always blamed himself/herself for his inability to grow, make a mark or adapt to a boss!
  • Whether you are new to the job market or have been working for twenty years already, this job will give you the foundational skills in dealing with your manager.
  • You are an individual contributor and need the skills to assess your ability to adapt to your boss.
  • You have been working for twenty years already but cannot recognize the pattern of why you are unable to adapt to your boss.
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Curriculum For This Course
26 Lectures
4 Lectures 06:52

Hello! Welcome to this course! This section is a quick overview to this entire program. This is a quick overview of the entire course. Looking forward to sharing my time and experience with you. Please let me know what else you would like to see added to this program.

Preview 01:42

A quick peek into who this course is for. Let me give you a hint. Whether you are new in the job market or have been working for twenty years already, this course will have something for you. In fact, the number of years in a job has nothing to do with how mature we get in evaluating our bosses!

Preview 01:41

I am sure you want to know what this course is all about! Curious? Then this video has the answers!

Preview 02:02

No matter how good a course is; it cannot be everything to everybody. If it were, it certainly cannot do justice to the topic at hand. So, this is what the video will help you understand. What this course is not about!

Preview 01:27
Why manage your boss?
1 Lecture 03:18

Ok! I get it. It is not the normal thing one asks when in a job. After all, it's the boss that has manage you. Not the other way around. However, successful people know that managing one's boss is as important as managing one's career. Actually, winning in one's career is a big by-product of managing one's boss. And that is exactly what you will hear in this module.

Preview 03:18
Understanding your Boss
1 Lecture 04:27

From managing my boss to now understanding my boss!!!??? Yes, if you are going to manage your boss, you might as well put some effort into understanding him/her. From the understanding will come clarity and options.

Your Boss. His / her motivations
Managing your Boss
10 Lectures 26:54

Introduction to the section! What are the foundational aspects of managing one's boss! What can you do to build the trust and credibility with your boss! What bridges can you build that will help communicating with your boss easy; at the least possible!


How self aware are you? And why is self awareness even a question when managing one's boss! That is the question we will address in this module.

Understanding yourself. Self awareness.

Take a moment to complete this exercise before moving forward with the course!


At the heart of building a great relationship with your boss is understanding that communication is key! Good communication will help you understand your boss better and make managing him/her easier.

Communicating with your Boss

What better way to keep the channels open and to receive-and-give feedback! Explore the things you will need to do to ensure that your 1-on-1's are successful and productive.


All good things have to some discipline! Some ground rules! And that is what boundaries are all about!


What do you mean ideas? Find out more in this video.


Who will help me grow in my career? And why so? Find out more in this module.


Sounds more like an oxymoron than the truth. But if you want to grow, you have to make a conscious effort to make your boss grow as well. That is the bottom line.

How to make your Boss successful?

Take a moment to complete this exercise before moving forward with the course!

Why your Boss might not always be right and what to do about it?
8 Lectures 18:52

Oh yes! Your boss may not be right! Not because he is a bad boss! There could be many reasons why your boss' style might not align with yours. But recognizing the fact is key to figuring out the options you have in front of you.


Bosses are good people! We owe our success to our bosses. But it is likely that we might get a boss whose values and style might not align with ours. That does not make him/her a bad person. Just someone who is different from the way you are used to working. To ensure you have a successful career, you will have to recognize the fact and through that know your options.

Dealing with a difficult boss

Take a moment to complete this exercise before moving forward with the course!


Ok, now I know I have to deal with my boss. What do I need to be prepared for? Find out more.

Preparing to deal with a difficult boss

What consequences are we talking here? Why even talk about consequences? After all I am the one that needs help. Agreed. But you still need to know what you are getting into.

Being aware of the consequences

Take a moment to complete this exercise before moving forward with the course!


Is peace an option? Or should I escalate? Why one? Why not the other? 

Peaceful Resolution & Escalation

Ok, I tried everything. Nothing seems to work! What next? What are my options?

Biting the Bullet
What no to do?
1 Lecture 04:33

I know what to do. At least I have learnt is in this course thus far. But will someone please tell me what not to do? How can I avoid career traps? Curious? Find out more.

The Nine things that you should never do
1 Lecture 04:16

Now that you have learnt the pluses and minuses, the do's and don'ts, it's time to bring it all together. Here is a quick overview! Call it a reality check! My very best for your success!

Handling a Difficult Boss
About the Instructor
Joseph Prabhakar
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CEO, Power Communication Corp

Joseph Prabhakar is a keynote speaker, communication expert, personal branding consultant and a certified executive coach. As the CEO of Power Communication Corp. Joseph helps leaders communicate with purpose and intention to their teams, customers and stakeholders. Utilizing techniques and best practices from multiple disciplines, Joseph offers programs that are powerful, engaging, memorable and delivers immense value to his clients.

Prior to forming Power Communication Corp, Joseph was an accomplished corporate leader with over 20 years in a variety of progressive roles and leadership responsibilities across geographies. While not speaking or teaching, Joseph loves to spend time with his family, read and spend time tending to his plants.