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Quiz the boss

by on April 1, 2001 8:30am
in Office Management

I’m managing a project to improve our packaging designs. As the team leader, I got the group to agree on a package that consumers will love. But my manager never likes my ideas.
A slimy, no-good manager got promoted over me. It makes me question whether to stay.
To upgrade your persuasiveness, present your ideas in small, appealing packages.
You can’t watch home-based employees at work, but at least you can ask for a summary of what they’re doing.
Rigid attendance policies can backfire.
Some staffers will try to persuade you by saying “I’ve been through this before” or “Trust me, I know how this works.”
Most conversations that last more than a minute are interrupted.
If a top executive requests a reasonable favor, such as having you attend a short conference and report on what’s said, say “yes” with enthusiasm even if you privately dread doing it.
If your peers and employees see that you act differently when you’re around the CEO, you’ll lose credibility.
My neighbor got a mangy old dog, Jake, from a shelter. The poor thing had been abused. Now Jake cringes whenever anyone walks in the room.
I know employees like that.