Management Tip of the Day: Get to Know Your Boss's Boss

Wed Aug 18, 2010 4:42am EDT
 
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BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (http:\\www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"A smart employee knows that if her boss succeeds, good things will come: more opportunities for her unit, increased resources, and even a possible promotion to fill an open spot when her boss moves up. Help your manager thrive by researching, knowing, and respecting her boss's needs. This insight will help you understand what makes your boss effective. You can then use that information to help her shine in the mind of her boss. Forward relevant articles that your manager can send on to her manager. Seek out information or data your boss can include in her next presentation that will impress her superior. You don't need to give your manager credit for your work, but making her look good will only help you.

- Today's Management Tip was adapted from "Making Your Boss Look Good (Without Becoming a Sycophant)" by Michael Schrage.