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How to Manage Your Manager

1000s of books have been written about managing people "below" you.

But how do you ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ "๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ" ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚? In 2015 I complained about a client: "he's such a micromanager".

I blamed him.

And I did not start a conversation.

Instead, I started to cc him in almost every email.


Obviously, this didn't solve the issue.

I was not good at ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐˜€.

Now I take a different approach.

Talk with the person to understand:

๐Ÿ˜ฒ What is their fear?

๐Ÿ”บ What do they need?

โœ… What can I do to help them meet their need?

In my personal example:

๐Ÿ˜ฒ ๐—™๐—˜๐—”๐—ฅ: He feared being "out of control".

๐Ÿ”บ ๐—ก๐—˜๐—˜๐——: Having an overview of the activities in his teams.

โœ… ๐—ช๐—›๐—”๐—ง ๐—–๐—”๐—ก ๐—œ ๐——๐—ข: Send a weekly update in 5 bullet points, taking into account what HE finds important.

More tips in the infographic (source: stl-training).

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