To succeed in your role, at some point you’ll need your boss to do something on your behalf.
Occasionally you’ll need to ask them to change something and your request will be an implicit (or explicit) criticism of the way they do things. It’s awkward.
If you’re worried about how your boss could react, Julie Zhuo, author of the excellent The Making of a Manager, recently tweeted a practical five step framework for discussing that change without completely flaming your relationship with the person who has the most influence over your career.
If you’re interested in learning more about managing your boss, we recommend this piece from Lara Hogan and this article.
And finally, Julie Zhou’s The Making of a Manager is one of the key resources we recommend in our Great Resources for First-Time Managers, and she’s an excellent follow on twitter.
Sign up for our newsletter to read our articles first. Join readers from Peloton, Facebook, Grab, CircleCI, and more...
FREE BONUS RESOURCE
We’ve compiled a list of questions you can ask your managers and team members to identify the challenges they face, and help you pick the right solutions.
Our Manager Playbook has everything you need to succeed as a manager.
Work more effectively with your team, track goals and objectives,
organize more productive 1:1s, and get peer feedback to help your team grow.