Today’s workshop is focused on developing an important skill; one that often does not get the attention that it deserves and can sometimes be overlooked and that is how to manage your manager. Often, leadership workshops focus on how to manage others, meaning how to manage and lead those that you directly supervise however this also equally applies to managing your supervisor, managing “up”. How to manage your boss is a skill regardless of the relationship that you have or effective your boss is at doing their job. Your effectiveness can be a direct result of how you “manage up”. This course will help you:
Enhance and elevate your performance and professional standing within your organization,
Gain mastery of a skill that is transferrable in any industry and professional domain and
Increase your personal sense of job satisfaction and engagement.
Most people in general, including managers, want to be effective in their job, role and have this desire to want to make everyone happy. They often fall into the trap of wanting to be everything for everybody. That desire is a recipe for disaster. Why? Because it is impossible. We do not have the capacity or ability to be everything to everybody nor will we always make everyone happy. So, we need to eradicate that from our goal base. So as an employee, know that you, too, are human and do not can be everything to your manager nor make your boss happy all the time. Your job and relationship is professional based and your overarching goal is to be as effective in your role as possible. Focus on obtaining the knowledge, resources and information you need to be as effective as you can be. That should be your focus.
Identify your managers “shtick”. Your manger, has demonstrated abilities and skills to obtain their current job. What are they good at? What areas seem to come to them naturally? What skills aid them in their success? What do they do that you admire and wish you could duplicate? Your job is to identify your manager’s strengths and innate natural talents and figure out how you can optimize and take advantage of their innate talents and gifts for your professional growth and benefit. Yes, take advantage …. That does not mean that you are devious or sinister … what it does mean is that you are keenly aware of what skills, qualities and characteristics that your manager possesses and possesses well that you can draw from them. This is called learning through osmosis and seizing clear opportunity.
Our beliefs and impression bout our managers drive our actions and attitudes towards them. Sometimes we have these notions about our managers and convictions about who they are and why they are the way they are and it may have little merit or credence. It is time to challenge and explore those beliefs and impressions as they can either be serving you well or detracting from your level of effectiveness and contentment in your role. Allow yourself the opportunity to explore new beliefs and impressions. Write a new script about what you believe to be true about your manager.
Priorities may not have varied … your manager often has broader picture in mind and know variables about the business and organization that may be unknown to you. Therefore, their focus may be on a different plane. Part of your job is to understand and learn what is important to your manger. What keeps them up at night? What are they most focused on and worried about? Knowing these pieces of information can be vital to your effectiveness.
Practicing self-care, taking good care of your mental health and emotional attitude is key. As the energy and attitude that you show up in will be a huge determinant in your interaction. Being emotionally grounded and exuding a healthy and positive energy will go a long way. If nothing else, it will keep you in the best mental, physical and spiritual health.
I have worked in the social service sector for the past 25 years. I have been honored to work with children, youth and their families who were dealing with serious and complex emotional and behavioral challenges. I began my career in the human service field providing direct care and counseling to clients and eventually managed and had oversight of several treatment facilities and programs. Additionally, I have 15+ years of experience as a human resource manager focusing on developing curriculums and conducting a host of trainings, extensive experience in staff development, building teams, facilitating and developing strategic plans, and providing coaching and mentoring to managers and leaders to support their professional growth and development. I am an effective facilitator with proven public speaking skills. My background includes:
M.M. in Organizational Development, Professional Certified Coach, Certified Behavioral Consultant
Founder & President, Life Coach
My educational background includes a Bachelor's of Science from Lesley College in Human Services and Counseling and a Master's Degree in Management from Cambridge College specializing in Organizational Development.
I am a Certified Life Coach accredited through ICF (International Coaching Federation) and a Certified Behavioral Consultant.