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Career Advice - How to Improve the Boss Relationship

Ramon Greenwood

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An honest assessment of your relationship with your boss, and actions to improve this vital connection will accelerate your career path.

Here is a questionnaire, containing 14 sensitive subjects, that provides the framework for an analysis that you can use as the basis for a plan of action to optimize the vital boss connection.

1. Do you think you could do a better job being the boss than your boss does? Yes or no, why?

2. Do you gossip or complain about your boss behind his back?

3. Do you need/want to have a friendship with your boss?

4. Do you think your boss spends more time with your peers than he does with you? Are you jealous?

5. Are you envious of your boss's accomplishments and the recognition he receives?

6. Do you like or dislike your boss's style of management?

7. Can you perform at your maximum under his style?

8. Do you feel comfortable discussing your career path with your boss?

9. What irritates your boss? What disappoints him? Pleases him? Stresses him out?

11. Have you ever suggested ways your boss could improve his performance? Confronted him with a criticism?

12. Do you have a plan for improving your connection with your boss?

13. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being “unsatisfactory" and 10 being “very satisfied" how do you rate your relationship with your boss?

14. All things considered, would you like to have your boss's job?

Once you have completed this questionnaire, put your assessment and action plan in writing. Don't delay.

Honest answers to the questions should provide you with a meaningful picture of your relationship with your boss. From there you can lay out a plan for improving and maximizing that connection which is critical to your reaching your career goals.

Such a plan of action should include career goals as to where you want to be in your relationship with the boss. This is also a good time to assess your connections with the organization's power grid. Include steps you will take to correct weaknesses with these relationships. Set a timetable.

Review your plan and progress every 60 days. Fine tune your career goals and progress as indicated.

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