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How to Communicate With Your Boss

Effective communication with your boss can be considered a form of managing up. It can build trust, establish partnerships and most importantly is an effective way of getting your needs met. But the concept is not something that is taught at school even though interns, entry-level and middle management employees can benefit from managing upwards. Try these 5 tips on how to communicate with your boss. 

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How to Communicate With Your Boss

Learn how to communicate with your boss from Joe Takash, a behavior strategist, and author of Results Through Relationships: Building Trust, Performance and Profit Through People.

 

 

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1. How to Communicate With Your Boss: Good Timing

Learn how to communicate with your boss by finding the right time. Discover the best times in which to approach your boss by simply asking, “when are the best times to meet with you if I have questions?” This simply inquiry can build credibility because of the awareness and consideration of their busy schedule. An added benefit is that when you meet with them, you’re likely to have a more focused, less distracted listener.

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2. How to Communicate With Your Boss: Prepare and Plan

Learn how to communicate with your boss by preparing for meetings. Practice your approach vs. just winging it so you can succinctly explain up front why you’re there and what you need from them. WARNING: Be solution-focused! Bosses want to know what you have thought of or would suggest about the inquiries you have. This is a crucial component for demonstrating leadership and initiative.

 

 

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3. How to Communicate With Your Boss: Align Understanding

Communicate with your boss: If your boss does not state his or her expectations or ask about yours, don’t waste energy griping to others about it. Instead, rise above and them to be clear about what they need from you. Requesting the primary duties you should be focusing on or discovering the qualities that make up the ideal professional in your position not only impresses them, but provides you with a roadmap for success.

 

 

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4. How to Communicate With Your Boss: Follow-up/Follow-through

Communicate with your boss by following-up with them. One of the biggest barriers for positive change is lack of accountability. In managing upward, you can hold yourself and boss accountable by agreeing on times/dates to follow-up at the conclusion of each meeting or communication exchange. Your boss may think, “These behaviors would be great in a client services or sales position” which may be a promotion you earn twice as fast as you may have.

 

 

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5. How to Communicate With Your Boss: Own Your Results

Communicate with your boss by asking! One of the biggest success stopper is that cynical voice within each of us. Owning your results doesn’t mean you won’t experience fear as you navigate your career, it’s the commitment to courageously ask for what you want and be prepared to state why and how all will benefit.

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Joe Takash, a behavior strategist, is the author of Results Through Relationships: Building Trust, Performance and Profit Through People.