How to make your boss love you
Find out what makes your boss likes and give it to him or her (a lot). Don’t assume that it’s details, or positive feedback or a daily Frappuccino. Be a detective and find out what the boss loves and provide regularly.
Think about who your end customer is. Instead of sending an email that just pleases your boss, think about if this is something they are going to give to their boss, to the CFO or to an end-user.
Be at work before them and leave after them. Bosses love to see you working hard – and harder than them is even better. If you work remote make sure they see your emails of instant messages before or after the end of the day.
Remember the boss screws up too. When the boss messes up help him or her to clean up, don’t blame them but also help them not to be an idiot again.
Don’t ask for a pay raise instead tell the boss what you are going to do to make more money for the company. Once you show how valuable you are to the organization then you can negotiate money.
Be passionate about what the boss is passionate about. This could be the Steelers, HGTV Network or their kids. Learn about what they like so you can like it too.
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How to make your boss love you
Often, people are uncomfortable about selling let alone selling themselves, in a job hunting situation, to someone they don’t know. Funnily, some of the worst offenders are sales and marketing people who have no problem selling cars, cereal or cool things that you didn’t need or want! So what’s the answer. Treat yourself like a product. Read More
Creativity is vital for a successful company. Those organizations that get stuck doing the same thing the same way are almost doomed.
But I do see some problems with creativity in companies:
1. If senior leadership is not bought into creativity it makes it harder for lower levels to bring that to reality.
2. It’s easier to criticize than support creativity.
3. Fear is often the driver in organization. And fear hates change!
4. You have to be sure of who you are and what you bring to the table before you can go out and be creative.
5. Creativity is a process and takes time. Making space for reflection and contemplation is crucial.
This article reinforces what I have been seeing a lot working with Fortune 500 companies and with my individual clients. It is a great read.
Sometimes you come across a boss who you hate. And sadly the feeling may be mutual. They don’t like you. Or it looks that way. What are you going to do, especially if you can’t afford to quit.
Developing a Five Year Plan
In order to have a successful career, you have to implement some good planning. You may remember hearing about Joseph Stalin’s Five-Year Plan in the late 1920s. His purpose was to improve the economic growth of his country. While it may sound very complicated, involving industry and the military, it became precedence for many individuals and companies wishing to plan their economic growth. Today the term “five year plan” may be heard in many situations involving economic growth and, particularly life and career goals with individuals. Read More
Creating SMART Goals for Your Career
Anyone that has any hopes of being successful in their career has to have goals. Goals are what make everything in life achievable. Without goals, we wouldn’t get very far in life. Read More
We think that our careers are all about action and especially doing things while we are awake. Of course interviewing and networking are better when you conscious there are lots of things that you can do to have a great career while you’re asleep.
Let’s look at the top ten interviewing questions. I’ll use examples based on Pat.
Pat is an administrative assistant. Unlike her colleagues she has lived abroad, loves foreign cultures, and regularly travels. This sometimes makes her feel like an outsider. Pat is an excellent worker and these differences have never got in the way of doing the job.
Reproduced with permission from Outsiders On The Inside: How to create a winning career…even when you don’t fit in! Career Press Find out more and read 3 chapters free
1. “Tell me about yourself…”
If you’re looking for your first job or trying to change jobs you may be fixed on one location. You’ve heard for example that the only place to developing computer games is in California. It’s true for sure that Los Angeles and San Francisco/Silicon Valley are big hubs but that’s not the only shot you have at success. But there are also other opportunities you may not have thought about. Georgia has invested money encouraging computer games companies to move there. Be on the look out for opportunities you may not have thought about. If you are starting out or if you are able to relocate then being open to less obvious locations could be a great choice. Developing computer games in Georgia