January 21, 2011 / 1:52 PM / 8 years ago

Management Tip of the Day: Better to be smart and wrong?

BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - There are ways to ask your boss for help that can make a big difference in how he or she perceives you, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

“Everyone needs help with their job on occasion and you shouldn’t be afraid to turn to your boss for guidance. Keep in mind, however, that how you ask for help can make a big difference in how your boss perceives you.

Don’t approach your supervisor without preparing and ask, ‘How do I do ___?’ Managers don’t want to do your work for you.

Instead, explain what you know and what your intended course of action is. Ask your manager for her feedback or buy-in. This will give her something to respond to and will show her that you’ve taken the initiative to think the problem through.”

-Today’s management tip was adapted from “Why It’s Better to Be Smart and Wrong than Just Silent” by Jodi Glickman.

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