1. Negotiate padded deadlines. Unless you’re assigned an urgent task, suggest a due date you can easily meet. Most bosses prefer that you commit to a comfortable timetable rather than a crunch deadline that will rush you and yield a second-rate job. After you agree to a date, complete the job a week or so early. This proves you’re organized and gives the boss more time and flexibility to review—and admire—your fine work.
2. Identify roadblocks. In a positive, confident tone, discuss the obstacles you anticipate. Don’t fret about what can go wrong; simply point out what variables can affect your project. Then add, “I’m ready for that,” or, “I can handle that.”
3. Throw in extras. When you turn in work, give it your stamp by providing some value-added distinction. Go beyond what you were asked to do or make it easier for your boss to use your information. Example: If you suggest action steps, attach a contact list of resources who can help implement your proposal.
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