Failure to Communicate Chris Ruisi

Memo to the Boss

In my newest book – The Go-To Person’s Guide to Success – I go into great detail on how to manage your boss. That’s right: manage your boss. Here is an important takeaway from the book.

Managing the boss is best done openly, not subversively. Smart executives communicate to the boss what they are doing and why they are doing it. If you were writing a memo to the boss about why you were managing him, you would address these ten reasons why a boss should want to be managed by a direct report:

  1. You can’t and shouldn’t do it all. You don’t have enough time and it only creates stress and frustration, which unfortunately trickles down to your team.
  2. You want to be managed so that it reduces the burden of your needing to have all of the answers. It’s OK to ask for the input of others.
  3. It gives you greater insights into how your key reports think, which will be helpful not only in the present but also in the future as roles change and new problems/opportunities arise.
  4. It allows you to focus on the tasks that you have the right skills to handle better than anyone else.
  5. It provides you more quality time to think strategically beyond the day-to-day.
  6. It provides you the opportunity to explore and examine new business opportunities, new sources of new revenue, and possible new products.
  7. You will have a sounding board who – if it’s the right person – will provide you honest and constructive feedback and advice.
  8. You have a built-in source of information, aid, and feedback.
  9. The relationship will enhance your ability to develop your direct report.
  10. It’s lonely at the top. Having a willing, intelligent, dedicated, and receptive ear is a significant asset for any leader.

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