Your Relationship With Your Boss

Bad Boss #1 - The Angry and Demeaning Boss, Part 4

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What do I do if my boss is angry at me?
  • What do I do if my boss is abusive in public?
  • How do I talk to my boss when he's behaving badly?

In this cast, we continue with part 4 of our conversation on how to work with an angry and demeaning boss.

In case you missed it, here is part 1 of the series: Bad Boss #1 - The Angry and Demeaning Boss, Part 1

Part 2 of the series: Bad Boss #1 - The Angry and Demeaning Boss, Part 2

Bad Boss #1 - The Angry and Demeaning Boss, Part 3

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What do I do if my boss is angry at me?
  • What do I do if my boss is abusive in public?
  • How do I talk to my boss when he's behaving badly?

In this cast, we continue with part 3 of our conversation on how to work with an angry and demeaning boss.

In case you missed it, here is part 1 of the series: Bad Boss #1 - The Angry and Demeaning Boss, Part 1

Part 2 of the series: Bad Boss #1 - The Angry and Demeaning Boss, Part 2


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Bad Boss #1 - The Angry and Demeaning Boss, Part 2

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What do I do if my boss is angry at me?
  • What do I do if my boss is abusive in public?
  • How do I talk to my boss when he's behaving badly?

In this cast, we continue our conversation on how to work with an angry and demeaning boss.

In case you missed it, here is part 1 of the series: Bad Boss #1 - The Angry and Demeaning Boss, Part 1


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Bad Boss #1 - The Angry and Demeaning Boss, Part 1

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What do I do if my boss is angry at me?
  • What do I do if my boss is abusive in public?
  • How do I talk to my boss when he's behaving badly?

This cast explains how to work with an angry and demeaning boss.

We wish we didn’t have to do casts like this, but angry and demeaning bosses are a fact of life. And, for most of us, it doesn’t matter how great a boss WE are if we WORK FOR someone who is angry, demeaning, and generally unprofessional. Despite our recommendations to focus on your team, because that’s where the leverage is, OUR boss still exists. And if she’s a jerk, we’ve got to adapt. Here’s how.


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Boss One-on-Ones - Professional Updates

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I make sure my boss knows what I'm doing?
  • How do I ensure my boss communicates with me?
  • How do I ensure my boss knows my successes?

This cast describes a way to approximate One on Ones (O3s) with your boss.

We've been asked this question so many times, it's really amazing that we've waited this long to publicize widely the same answer we've given so many listeners and members. We know, we know: you want to have One on Ones with your boss. But, unless your boss has initiated them with you first, we don't recommend you try to do so. Really!


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One on Ones for the DIRECT

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I prepare for my One on One?
  • What should I report on in my One on One?
  • Can I ask for help in my One on One?

How can you have a great One on One with your boss?

How can you get the the most out of the most valuable recurring communication investment you make? This is an important question ... and it seems that a lot of managers DO NOT ask it. Some of the managers who are quite good at running their OWN O3s aren't very good at getting the most out of their time with their boss. Frankly, we think that if they reported to themselves, they'd be disappointed in their direct. ;-)

We've been watching managers for years, and we have some recommendations for how you can be most effective when you're the direct.

(But to be clear: We never recommend managing your boss. Never.)

One additional note here: If you are NEW to Manager Tools, the concept of the One on One may not be completely familiar. If so, we recommend you go back and listen to those casts first. While you're at it, you may want to reference the Manager Tools "Basics" series for the core podcasts outlining our basic thoughts and fundamental practices of effective management.


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Managing Your Boss - Part 2

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I manage up?
  • How I manage my boss?
  • How do I make my boss like me?

Today, we continue our conversation on "Managing Your Boss" or, better yet, "Creating a Good Relationship with Your Boss". Last week we discussed Boss Goals and Boss Communications; today we cover Boss Schedule/Time Management, Boss Work Style, and Boss Relationships.


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Managing Your Boss - Part 1

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I manage up?
  • How I manage my boss?
  • How do I make my boss like me?

Managing Upwards for the most part boils down to Creating a Good Relationship with Your Boss. "Managing Your Boss" is somewhat of a misnomer in our world view; tell your boss that you're managing them and see what kind of look you get. :-) There is a lot to be said about politics in organizations, and whom you should know and whom you should stay in touch with. We've found that those topics don't lend themselves easily to a simple cast if we want to give you actionable guidance. That IS what we're about, after all.


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