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Boss Management - Managing Up!

Posted by Brian Spence on May 9, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Boss, Manage Up, Management, Self-ImprovementIf you're not in management and think you should be, there are steps you can take to make that happen. It won't necessarily be easy, but it is doable. One strategy is to manage your manager, or "manage up". Having a boss who falls short on managing his team is always problematic. Whether affable and disorganized or difficult and passive aggressive, a poor manager can make problems for the whole team.

Allowing your frustration to manifest in your behavior is never a wise move, but you don't want to throw in the towel and let the consequences of poor supervision harm your company either. Remember these snags are not about you, but the solutions could be.

This is your opportunity to showcase your capabilities. Seize the day and manage up. Use your smarts and skills to help fill in the gaps that result from a manager's shortcomings. Step up and do what you can with good humor a sense of team spirit.

Have the smarts, but lack the skills? Don't have the time or money to get an MBA right now? Well, there are places you can go to learn some specific business lessons that and put into practice at work, many of which are quite reasonably priced and some are even free! Online courses are available that address specific aspects of supervision that will equip you to manage your manager, and while you are managing up, you can work your way up.

These online platforms offer classes you can complete in your pajamas and improve management skills that will give you a leg up in your company and career.

  1. Udemy offers thousands of online courses in business from "Managing Your Manager", to leadership strategies, handling conflict, and acquiring new software abilities.

  2. Pluralsight gives instruction to business such as becoming a better listener, data/technology and other areas.

  3. EDX has an extensive course catalog in business topics including better communication, law, education, medicine, the Humanities and others. College credits are available as well as credentials in certain competencies.

  4. Coursera also offers certifications and even degrees in Business Administration and Computer Sciences, as well as seminars in team building and supervisory skills.

  5. Skillshare shares expert advice on time management and ways to boost productivity.

Learning new strategies and adding to your skill set will position you to advance in your organization and broaden your career path as you pitch in to help a struggling manager or supervisor negotiate the rough spots in the terrain or corporate activity. Turning adversity into productivity will serve you well with your immediate supervisor and get your work noticed by those in leadership roles who are mining for talent among the worker bees.

Leverage your talent and work strengths by contacting us to find an organization that needs your unique gifts. To learn more about this and related topics, visit the Career Advice, Management, and Self-Improvement sections of our blog.

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Topics: Career Advice, Management & Leadership, Self-Improvement

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