First of all, I'd like to congratulate you both on a wonderful podcast. You both do an excellent job in providing fresh, relevant content and deliver it brilliantly. I especially find the format of your podcasts (setting up the content, explain point-by-point, iterate points and explanation of consequences/benefits of each point) extremely easy to follow.
While I'm not yet in a management role, I hope to be in the next 2-4 years and would like to succeed when it eventuates.
My question is this:
I work for a small tech company that has a very flat structure. My boss is the director/founder/owner of the company. We have a weekly production meeting every Monday morning which is just a whip around of what's been done in the past week and what's going to happen in the current week.
The boss is very supportive and allows us to investigate new technologies that might benefit us. However, we don't get a lot of face time with him, no one-on-ones and no chance to openly discuss how we're feeling/what our thoughts are on current work related matters.
I'd like to encourage some of these more formal managerial processes to help myself and some of the other staff losing focus and not having our issues discussed. The boss, however, has had no formal management training (and doesn't listen to your podcast!). How can i suggest to him the introduction into our company of some of your material without coming across as a know-it-all type. The boss in this example is likely to get very defensive/angry OR attempt to water-down the benefits of a suggested solution if he thinks I'm telling him I know better (even though, in some instances, I would) or if he thinks he's incapable of leading such ideas.
There are also times when I'm spoken to by him and others in a manner that I don't appreciate (usually when they're under stress or ). Will the feedback model work when the subordinate is giving feedback to the superior?
Thanks in advance,