Note: This article is part of the series on Tips for Managing Your Relationship With Your Boss
Tip: The first step to managing your relationship with your boss is regular one on one meetings. If you have a boss that runs great one on ones then you're going to get a lot of benefits like a better career and a better relationship with your boss.
Your Best Communication Channel With Your Boss is your Weekly One on One Meeting.
Weekly one on ones with your boss ensure that:
You keep your boss in the loop about your progress,
Your boss keep you in the loop about new developments and priorities,
You are focusing on the right things to meet your boss’s expectations.
Starting One on Ones With Your Boss
If you’ve never had one on ones with your boss before, or if you have some reservations, then I’d like to share a personal story with you. When I had my first OOO with my boss I was nervous because I really didn't know what to expect, I didn't know if I was in trouble and I didn't know what I had to prepare.
The thing is, as a bit of a perfectionist without the best confidence I was quite anxious about my performance being reviewed and criticized. To be honest, I was always tempted to avoid One-on-ones. But at the same time I wanted the recognition and bonuses for the hard work I had put in and I wanted to progress in my career.
Now I realize that having a One-on-one with your boss is the best thing possible. Because even if I've done something wrong, it's better to catch it early before it became an issue.
But the best part is that if you have a boss that runs great one on ones then you're going to get a lot of other benefits like a better career and a better relationship with your boss.
Best Practice One on Ones With Your Boss
But just like everything else in management there is a best practice way to do things. And it doesn't matter if you've never had a one-on-one with your boss or if you've had hundreds, there is always something to learn. The short, online course One on Ones With Your Boss will show you how.
Do you have any comments, questions or tips for managing up through weekly one on one meetings with your boss? Please share in the comments below.
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