Chauffeuring bigwigs

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Q. My boss often asks me to pick up executives at the airport. I resent that. The executives expect me to take their bags and act like a chauffeur. Plus, I always have to keep my car clean. How can I dump this in someone else’s lap?

A. You’re not thinking like a pro. Career advancers salivate over chances to get face time with higher-ups. Don’t squander this opportunity!

Instead of finding this task demeaning, approach it as a chance to build relationships. Engage the visitors in small talk and ask if there’s anything you can do to make their trip easier. Anticipate their concerns: Know the weather report and update them on any big developments at work.

Picking up bigwigs is actually quite an honor. It shows that your boss trusts you to show up on time, drive safely and use discretion. You can only help yourself by coming across as a genial, knowledgeable and reliable employee.

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