managing up and build a positive relationship with your supervisors

Managing Up: 14 Rules For Working With Your Managers

who this class is for

Employees, managers

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About this micro-class

Managing up involves effectively working with and influencing those above you in the organizational hierarchy. 

Managing up is about creating a symbiotic relationship where both you and your manager benefit. By demonstrating initiative, understanding their needs, and consistently delivering results, you’ll position yourself as a valuable asset within the organization.

Rules For Effectively Managing Up

1. Understand Your Manager’s Priorities

Take the time to understand your manager’s goals and priorities.

Align your work with their objectives to demonstrate your value.

2. Adapt Your Communication Style

Identify your manager’s preferred communication style (e.g., email, in-person meetings, brief updates).

Tailor your communication to suit their preferences.

3. Provide Solutions, Not Just Problems

When presenting challenges, always come up with potential solutions.

Show that you can think critically and contribute to problem-solving.

4. Manage Your Time Effectively

Be organized and prioritize tasks based on their importance to the team and your manager.

Communicate proactively if you anticipate challenges in meeting deadlines.

5. Build Trust and Credibility

Deliver on your commitments consistently.

Be honest and transparent about your progress and challenges.

6. Seek Feedback Actively

Regularly check in with your manager for feedback on your performance.

Use feedback as a tool for improvement and growth.

7. Be a Proactive Learner

Stay informed about industry trends and advancements.

Demonstrate a commitment to continuous learning and development.

8. Anticipate Needs

Understand your manager’s workflow and anticipate their needs.

Proactively address tasks before they become urgent.

9. Build a Positive Relationship

Foster a positive working relationship with your manager.

Show genuine interest in their success and the success of the team.

10. Manage Conflicts Professionally

If conflicts arise, address them professionally and constructively.

Focus on finding mutually beneficial solutions.

11. Network Within the Organization

Build relationships with colleagues and key stakeholders.

Networking can provide valuable insights and support for managing up effectively.

12. Demonstrate Leadership Potential

Take on leadership responsibilities when possible.

Showcase your ability to lead and influence beyond your immediate team.

13. Stay Solution-Oriented During Challenges

In times of crisis or challenges, maintain a calm demeanor and focus on solutions.

Show resilience and adaptability.

14. Express Gratitude and Recognition

Acknowledge your manager’s guidance and express gratitude for opportunities.

Recognize the achievements of your team and others.

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