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Why be a bossy boss?

My secret of gaining everyone's cooperation

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in Leaders & Managers,Management Training

It happens at least 10 times a day: I need one of my managers to do something. Pronto. But instead of saying, “Do this now,” I have to stop and think of a polite way to make my “request.”

In my ideal world, I could order people around, period. I wouldn’t be mean. I’d just tell them what had to get done. And they wouldn’t take offense.

Back to reality. Managers have egos and don’t like a bossy boss. My people prefer it when I ask for their input, drop hints of what I think works best and express my commands as suggestions.

Your ideas, please

 It may take an extra few minutes, but before giving directions I solicit an employee’s opinion about the task at hand. I listen and try to ask a follow-up question to prove it.

Then I can tie what they’ve said to what I need done. And they figure it was their idea, not mine.

I make sure never to dismiss their opinions. I recall what a friend told me about low back pain: No one knows what ...(register to read more)

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