The perfect boss is a mind reader. They know how you're feeling and what you're thinking at any given time, and so they adjust how they treat you and what they assign you accordingly.
You'd probably agree with that statement, right?
But the reality is that managers don't have this superpower — no one does.
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This is what we call "managing up." And if that term scares you or seems impossible in your situation, we've discovered the best method to try it out.
Every Friday afternoon, I'd send my boss a short email with three categories:
- The work I had completed that week
- What I was working on, including any deadlines that may have shifted or obstacles I'd encountered
- What I was waiting on — that is, tasks that I'd completed, but require sign-off from my boss or contributions from someone else
Rather than wait for his manager to guess what he needed from them, he proactively put all that information in front of them so they could easily get back to him with a response, sign-off, or edit. It also ensured his boss was well aware of where he stood in meeting deadlines.