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The 3 flavors of bosses

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in Leadership Skills,Management Training,Office Politics

Motivation comes in three flavors: power, affiliation and achievement. So do bosses. Know which motivator drives your boss—and what he or she really wants—to be more successful on the job.

• Power bosses want things to happen their way, so follow their lead.

Working for a power boss means helping to build an empire and get things done his or her way, not necessarily the “right” way.

• Affiliation bosses want to be popular and liked. They may say things like, “We’re one big, happy family at this office.”

Part of your job is helping the affiliation boss manage other relationships. Lean heavily on your emotional intelligence.

• Achievement bosses want results. They’re pleased when they see employees implementing smart working strategies.

Your strategy with an achievement boss is to measure what you do, then discuss those measures with him or her. When downsizing supersizes your job

You're already carrying a full workload. But with layoffs just announced, you know management will expect you to absorb an even heavier load.

Don't suffer in silence and expect a reward later for being a team player. Before you collapse:

  • Schedule time with your boss to review your workload: what you've been doing, plus any new responsibilities. Be prepared to show how much time each task takes, so you can explain why doing everything isn't possible ... at least without overtime. Then discuss which assignments you absolutely must do, which you can push to the back burner and what (if anything) you can eliminate.
  • Figure ways to spread the burden among the masses. Simplify procedures so staff members can handle tasks themselves that you've traditionally done for them, like filing.
  • Discuss upfront with your boss what your reward will be (beyond keeping your job). Maybe your employer can't raise your salary immediately, but can give you a new title or the promise of a raise in three months, after you've shown you can manage the new responsibilities. If you need to work long hours and weekends in the short term, perhaps you can negotiate extra vacation time after the first of the year.
Be sure to determine what type of compensation means the most to you before discussing it with the boss.

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