Career Advice From Your Boss? No Way!
Effective career planning never occurs in a vacuum. There are times when we truly benefit from the feedback of others - even our bosses.
OK, bosses can be jerks. They can be clueless about what makes you tick. And sometimes they are threatened by your skill level or simply want to keep you under their thumbs. But sometimes a boss is a potential friend who can be of great value in your career.
For many bosses, this means observing you firsthand. He may offer ideas about how to go after that next job in your company, one that you're the perfect candidate for. Or, she may point out unproductive work habits or personal blind spots that are getting in the way of your success.
And guess what?
Seeking out your boss for career advice may prove more pleasant than you imagined. You may even find that you have a secret admirer. Moreover, the occasion of a career discussion can enhance your relationship with your boss. That's because most people are flattered when asked for career advice. It gives them permission to talk about themselves.
What happens when you have both innovative communication technology and managers trained to communicate more effectively? Employees begin to look forward to coming to work because they have a relationship that includes open communication with their manager.
Here are 6 tips to help you seek out career advice from your boss:
The key is to give your boss a chance to offer you advice. This is a very effective way to "manage" your boss. After all, don't you want to work for someone who is committed to helping your professional development?
Few people can resist that kind of invitation. It can also break through the stiff, professional demeanor that a lot of people display in the workplace. You are likely to get honest, forthright answers. And, who knows, it may lead to a bond between you and your boss that you hadn't experienced before.
These tips offer great examples for building your career within your company or organization. Ideally, they are what you want career discussions with your boss to be like. Not only will you benefit from your boss's experience, advice, and hindsight, but you will also enhance your relationship by infusing it with additional trust and mutual respect.
Source: Richard Koonce, Career Power! 12 Winning Habits To Get You From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be
Larry is a Senior Consultant and President of Compass Consulting Group, a division of Larry Ferguson & Associates, Inc. The group is composed of three highly-experienced mentors, coaches, and trainers. We work with technically-skilled managers who are struggling to succeed in the face of limited skills and daunting staff obstacles. We focus on identifying a coaching client's strengths and weaknesses; then assisting them to create action-oriented development plans. We ensure successful results by defining measurable outcomes that document application, business impact, and (in some cases) Return-on-Investment while emphasizing accountability.
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