Do the boss a favor despite reservations — Business Management Daily: Free Reports on Human Resources, Employment Law, Office Management, Office Communication, Office Technology and Small Business Tax Business Management Daily
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. This will help you earn a reputation as a team player. Better yet, mention why you’re excited to help out—even if you have to struggle to find a silver lining. Use phrases such as, “This gives me a chance to learn more about ... ” It will reassure the boss that you’re flexible and eager.