Everybody wants to be successful in their careers but fail to realize one of the most crucial rules to moving up the ladder. It is not what you know, but who know. Advancing your career is as simple as building the right relationships in the workplace. No relationship at work is more important than your relationship with your boss.
This does not mean you need to be friends with your boss or brown nose. Just doing your job is not enough and is easy way to get overlooked. You want your boss to know that your confident, competent, and capable to handling an task at work. Building a good and healthy relationship with your boss can lead to advancements within the company as well as job fulfillment in your current role. The relationship you foster with your boss can also impact your career growth with future companies.
Remember one thing will not be the key to winning your boss over. Unless it is saving your boss from a gorilla that has escaped from a zoo. But check out a couple quick tips on how to impress any boss.
1. Sync Up
Whatever commitments you have, follow up. Giving your boss status updates keeps them in the loop, and updating them on the project is a whole lot different than needing advice or direction: bosses love this stuff. He’s responsible for the work coming out of your area, so being up to date keeps him looking good and feeling confident. How often should you give him status reports? More often than he asks for it, “probably.” If your boss is coming to you for updates, he probably wants more updates than you’ve been giving. Everyone’s different and you’ll need to get a sense of what your boss needs from you, but do keep him informed.
2. Talk Like A Boss
Copy your boss’ communication style. Does he prefer email, voicemail or face-to-face briefings? Plain talk or overly complicated business-speak? Sports metaphors or hard numbers? By echoing the way your boss communicates, he’ll be more able to understand your message. Spend 30 minutes reviewing last week’s communications from your boss and get a sense for what he prefers
3. Learn How To Disagree
Yes, you can disagree with your boss, and in fact you should from time to time. Whether he has some of the information wrong, or you just have a different view of things, there’s no reason you can’t respectfully disagree. In fact, your boss will respect you more for it — you’re making your opinion known rather than being a “yes man.” There’s an old saying, “If we always agree, one of us is unnecessary.” There’s nothing wrong with a little healthy debate as long as you’re professional and respectful. One caveat: If you disagree, make your case respectfully, and if he still doesn’t change his mind, let it go. Once the decision is made, you are absolutely supposed to follow your boss’ decision, even if you don’t agree.
4. Be The Clutch Guy
We’ve talked before about being known as a go-to guy, and this is how you get there. If you want to be known as reliable, you need to be rock-solid about following through on the things you said you would follow through on. Have a system for tracking everything you need to do — it can be pen & paper or computer-based, but capture all your work in a system you trust. If you forget things and others (especially your boss) have to remind you constantly about work they need from you, it sends a clear message that you don’t have your act together. So keep your promises, and go above and beyond whenever possible. Promised you’d hand in the project on Wednesday? Hand it in on Tuesday if it’s ready.
5. Learn The Key Stats
If there’s one thing the business world loves, it’s data. While ideas and opinions have their place, nothing trumps cold, hard numbers. If you want to impress your boss, know the numbers. Which numbers you should know is going to depend on your job, so take 30 minutes to learn what’s important. After that, make sure you have your eye on the ball — knowing your key stats is a great measure of how you and your team are performing, and being able to present these numbers when asked is going to send a message to others that you’re on top of things.