People spend more time thinking about their boss than about any other business relationship. After all, the boss is the individual who can make or break a career. A boss can create an atmosphere that is friendly or paranoid, efficient or muddled.
It is ironic that with so much brainpower devoted to reading the boss’s mind and divining his or her moods, people still manage to get the relationship wrong. Instead of making their careers, their relationship with the boss ends up breaking them. If you want the relationship to make your career, follow this advice :
Be loyal – Bosses will forgive carelessness, stupidity, tardiness and the occasional temper tantrum. These can be corrected, but disloyalty is a true character flaw. You cannot – and will not – be trusted.
Keep the boss informed – The boss should be informed about what you are doing, where you are, whom you are talking to and why. If you must err, err on the side of overkill. Bombard the boss with bulletins, memos, and FIYs until he or she says, “Stop.” No one has ever lost a job because they told the boss too much.
Embrace change, even if you do not understand it. Any boss must, as part of his or her job, instigate change. It is not your job to resist.
Respect the boss’s time. If you need thirty minutes with him, don’t take sixty. Better yet, take twenty.
Don’t tread on his turf. At least, don’t do it without permission.
Follow up quickly. Bosses don’t pull out a stopwatch when they give a command. But their internal clock is ticking.
These principles will serve you well, whether your boss is a genius or someone who’s not too bright. Follow them and you will never fall behind your peers. You will always be regarded as someone who is attentive, responsive and true.
Research and study this well for this is the Tao of work place survival!