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Bridging the gap with a younger boss

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Joan struggles with following directions from her newly promoted admin manager, Zoe, who is 20 years her junior. Not only does Joan wonder why she wasn’t given the promotion herself, she also bristles over Zoe’s breezy style, which Joan considers unprofessional.

What’s the best way to cope with a younger boss? Career coach Cynthia Shapiro, author of Corporate Confidential, offers this advice: Make the first step in bridging the gap.

Say to a younger manager, “How can my experience help you?”

You may be surprised at how open a younger manager is to receiving information in a peer-to-peer way, rather than with a resentful “been there, done that” attitude.

“That young manager, who may be in water over her head at her new position, would be loyal to you forever,” says Shapiro.

So loyal, in fact, that she may feel inspired to give you the best assignments.

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