Management tip of the day: Get to know your boss's boss

Tue Feb 7, 2012 9:03am EST
 
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BOSTON (Reuters) - There are some ways to deliberately increase your exposure within a company by connecting with your boss's boss, says Harvard Business Review.

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.

"Spending time with the leader two levels above you can give you a broader perspective on your job and advance your career. But not everyone has access to their boss's boss.

Here are three things you can do to catch this manager's attention:

1. Take advantage of every opportunity to touch base. Send a note of congratulations when she gets a promotion or honor. Forward a relevant article. Ask a question only she'll know the answer to.

2. Increase your exposure. Volunteer for a cross-functional team. Send periodic updates on your work to your manager, and ask him to forward them to his boss.

3. Produce results. Impress customers-internal and external-and send your manager any compliments you receive. He will undoubtedly send it on since your success reflects positively on him."

- Today's management tip was adapted from "Get to Know Your Boss's Boss" by Priscilla Claman.

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