Oh! C’mon? Yeah, I hear you.
Nevertheless, do know that there is such a thing as managing your bosses, superiors, leaders, supervisors, managers, clients, employers or however you want to call them.
These are the people who have been given the authority to manage our jobs and us. And in most cases, they pay our salaries. Somehow, these people tend to take a great deal of our time, and sometimes crouching even into our own personal affairs.
They can be frustrating, exasperating, discouraging, and viewed as tyrants. Unless you own your business, you cannot do away with them. Take this: you can choose which organization or company to work for, but you cannot choose your boss.
Having said that, it means you are left only with two choices. Either you leave your organization and find a better (hopefully) boss or you manage your boss or bosses.Or if you are a freelancer like me, disengage yourself from the project and find another client.
Here a few practical tips on how to manage your boss: Know your boss. Do things his way, Represent him fairly, and Trust his judgments and leadership.
Knowing your boss
How does he manage? Is he an ISTJ? Is he task or goal oriented? Is he a directive or nondirective leader? Is he a problem solver or a decision maker?
What does he require from you? What are his expectations as far as job performances are concerned? How can you meet them?
What are his weaknesses? Can you match them with your strengths? What are his strengths? Can you compliment them with yours?
I can actually fill-up this post with similar line of questioning. Nevertheless, the bottom line is, how well do you know your boss?
You can really know your boss. It can be done. It takes a little of your time, efforts, and being sensitive on how he deals with you and other issues at work. Remember and learn from those experiences and you will do well. After all, he understands you for he tries to know his boss as well.
Now, let that sink first and have your say please.