Some Tips on Working for a Demanding Boss
For this Friday’s Google Hangout for www.overseastripinsurance.com I decided that since my guests weren’t going to be able to join our Google Hangout online till Monday, that I’d speak a bit about working for a living and especially for a demanding boss. But it’s also about five steps to succeeding in work and life. So while most of our audience are go-getters, hard drivers, social entrepreneurs and “take-no-captives,” Type-A personalities, maybe you’ll still get something out of this talk about #work and becoming a valued employee or know someone else who would.
For most of my life I have worked for exceptional companies and hard-driving bosses. I’ve also almost always worked either directly for, or under management. I’m glad I have because they’ve made me better and helped me grow. Most of these observations are from years of seeing bosses frustration with employees, seeing other employees chose to wreck their own chances to get ahead, and from constantly learning from John Maxwell and other leaders who I greatly admire.
The secret to working for a demanding boss:
– What advice to tale, what to leave, and what to do to get ahead.
1.) Take responsibility (for the company’s success). To do your best. Always say “Yes.” – Then figure it out but be honest if you are in over your head.
2.) Self improve every day. Make yourself more valuable to the company and team, every day. Make your boss’ job easier over time.
3.) Take initiative. For clients needs, to address issues, for projects, for follow-up,…
4.) Don’t take: Things personally. Leave work at work. Separate your work performance from your self worth and improve on your work performance. It isn’t personal. Unless of course it is. Then even more you need point five below.
5.) Learn how to reply to the boss:
- How he/she wants work done.
- How to report on progress:
- level of detail
- when having issues
Following these items faithfully will make you a star player on any team for any boss no matter if you work for a friend or a jerk.
It is a secret to success in life. Honestly.