Picture this: I have recently been handed a new "big ball" (listen to the juggling cone cast) by my boss' boss. I was appointed Program Manager for a large scale transformation program. This obviously is a fantastic opportunity for me. The tricky part is that within this program I am now managing three folks which are all higher ranked than me - and one of them is my boss!
So far so good. I have a very good working relationship, with my boss in particular. It's a crucial program for the company and I will not let it fail. I do foresee that at some stage he may be missing a deadline, so see it that I must then also address that with him, and corrective feedback would be the typical way to do that.
He's a High D, I'm high I. He'd probably have less of an issue with receiving the feedback than me giving it. To me it feels a bit awkward giving feedback (both negative AND positive) to my boss, given that we also have the reverse working relationship in our roles outside the program.
Any views on how to deal with this situation?