Managing Up

Fun fact:  Almost every time I run a management training class, someone asks about how to manage their manager.  

Here's the tip. Have a conversation about how you work together - don't add anything else to the agenda.  

What to discuss?

1.  How do they like information? Formal or informal, verbal or written.

2.  How do they take in information?  On-the-spot or with time to process?

3.  What are their goals for this year?  

Be sure you can answer these questions about yourself, they might ask.

Also, start the conversation by explaining what's in it for them to make the time and share their responses.  

ie "so that I make you look good, or so that I can be more productive for you etc.