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7/15/2014
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3 Cardinal Rules For Managing Your Boss

Don't be your own worst enemy when it comes to interactions with your boss. Instead of blaming him for your problems, learn his style and adapt.

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Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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7/15/2014 | 5:03:54 PM
Re: Speaking Truth
It's not just a good idea, it's vital for career advancement. CIOs always tell IW that they can teach technology. They cannot teach people skills. 
Brian.Dean
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7/15/2014 | 1:44:26 PM
Re: Speaking Truth
Good point, technical employees spend a great deal of their time working with technical material and gadgets. At the end of the day, technology is aimed at improving the flow of information and data. However, if the environment does not require technology, then it is a good time to exchange information and data, the old fashion way. 
Lorna Garey
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7/15/2014 | 11:23:54 AM
Speaking Truth
As someone who married and works frequently with engineers & technical people, this could be a game-changer: "Look up from your smartphone next time you're in a strategy meeting. Become an astute observer of how colleagues from other departments interact with your boss."

My experience is that technical types just don't do this. It's not an easy skill, to pick up subtle signals and body language, but it can pay off big time. Even a small effort could make you "that IT guy with the people skills."
Laurianne
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7/15/2014 | 10:55:11 AM
Decision-making styles
Good advice here. Regarding decision-making, smart bosses use that info-gathering stage to listen especially closely to the people in the group who have a different background or view. You need that perspective and experience that differs from your own. If you have this to offer your boss, it can be a real plus.

Conversely, a boss can really tick off a group if you hold a meeting supposedly to gather information, but indicate you've pretty much made up your mind. This style can force teams into back-room machinations and waste time. 
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