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Managing Up

What do you want from your boss? Build a great relationship that works for you both.


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Managing Up

What do you want from your boss? Build a great relationship that works for you both.

Course Outcome

  • The 'golden rule of communication'
  • How to establish ground rules that work
  • How to build a relationship with your boss
  • How to avoid the pitfalls

Managing Up

What do you want from your boss? Build a great relationship that works for you both.

Course Outline

The Groundwork

  • Get To Know Your Boss
  • If there’s a golden rule to communication it’s this: Communication has nothing to do with you, and everything to do with your audience. Managing Up is no different. To achieve this, you must first get to know your boss.

  • Imagine the Bigger Picture
  • When we’re stuck in our day-to-day work, it’s easy to get frustrated by our relationships with people in management roles. They can seem remote, or simply uninterested in the minutiae of our daily concerns...

  • Establish Ground Rules
  • Bruce Tulgan, author of “It’s Okay to Manage Your Boss', believes the secret of Managing Up is in establishing ground rules as soon as possible.

  • Check-in on Your Priorities
  • It can be incredibly useful for you and your manager to check in on what your priorities are and how this should affect the way you spend your working hours.

  • Find Out What Works
  • We’re all different. In the way we think, connect and communicate. So it’s important to understand which method of communication and way of working is most appropriate with your manager.

Building the Relationship

  • Top Questions for your Manager
  • Learning more about how your manager works and what they’re looking to achieve can be of huge benefit when Managing Up. Get to know your manager’s preferences for taking in information, making decisions, structuring their day, and communicating with others.

  • Get Specific
  • 'Could you take care of this?' the simple and oh so common request that's as vague as it's infuriating. And what’s his or her response when you ask your manager these questions: 'Wait, how, exactly, do you want me to accomplish this? By what time on what day? Do you want me to stop doing the other thing you gave me so I can start doing this?'

  • Share Your Ideas
  • If you have the confidence to share your ideas with your manager at the appropriate moments, it can have a long lasting impact. It plays an integral role in implementing change, and can be of great benefit when Managing Up.

  • What to Avoid
  • When managing up there are many pitfalls to be aware of. Here are three of the most common, and the most important.

  • Amplification
  • In the last video, we discussed the importance of not trying to manipulate the views of your manager by way of flattery, but instead, aiming for something more genuine and results driven.

Be the Solution

  • Be the Solution
  • We should always strive to be the person who takes the lead on a new project, or who handles a problem or difficulty; the first person our manager turns to when in need.

  • Build on their Strengths
  • Leaders are often encouraged to focus on their employees’ strengths rather than their weaknesses, because it yields better results. Doing the same when managing up will have a similar outcome.

  • Avoid Being Overloaded
  • Your manager will need dedication and commitment from you in your role. In return, they should be aware of what’s possible, making sure not overload you with an unrealistic schedule.

  • Build Your Network
  • Don’t shy away from seeking help when Managing Up. Instead, take any opportunity to develop a network of people who can be a positive influence on you and your career.


  • Actions
  • This is the final video of the course, but for you, it’s just the beginning. The work really starts now. This video re-caps on all the key learning points...

What’s Included

16 Bite-sized Videos With Actionable Learning Takeaways

Content Delivered By Our Expert Instructors

Professionally Filmed And Scripted Videos

Downloadable Resources

Access On Mobile, Tablet & Web

Full Lifetime Access

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