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Win over a new boss

Never kiss up, babble, resist change or disappear

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in Office Management,Workplace Communication

You want to cultivate a positive relationship with a new boss, so you make every effort to impress the newcomer. You laugh at every joke, agree with every opinion and do whatever you’re told.

The result? You’re off to a terrible start.

Take these steps to earn the boss’s trust:

Suspend your agenda. You’re in the middle of a major project and you don’t want the new boss to derail your progress. Fair enough. But don’t try to cram your agenda down your boss’s throat. He already has one.

Odds are the boss wants to score some quick, high-visibility victories. Indulge him. Buy into his agenda.

Give answers. New bosses will pepper you with questions. They’ll want short, specific answers. If you editorialize or babble, they may discount you and look elsewhere for information.

Make sure the first sentence out of your mouth addresses the question head-on. If you cannot deliver a yes-no or fact-filled answer, acknowledge the importance of the question and promise to find out right away.

If he has his facts wrong, correct him politely. Don’t let him wallow in ignorance or you’ll pay later.

Stay accessible. Clear your calendar for the boss’s first few days so you’re accessible. It’s in those early days that he will learn who’s around and dependable.

Plug holes. Listen when the new boss discusses goals or to-do items. Then volunteer to help while mentioning your qualifications. Tie your skills or experience to the boss’s business priorities.

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