Want To Impress Your Boss

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SAVE HER MONEY. “Bosses are under enor­mous finan­cial pres­sure, and if you can relieve some of that with money-saving strate­gies, you’ll show your boss that you care about her wel­fare and the suc­cess of the com­pany.” — Jes­sica Eaves Math­ews, founder and CEO of Lever­age a Lawyer, a vir­tual law firm, Albu­querque, NM

MAKE HER WEAKNESS YOUR STRENGTH. “Study your boss’ skill set and excel in the areas she doesn’t. Does she hate pub­lic speak­ing? Offer to run the morn­ing meet­ing. Is she bad with num­bers? Man­age her spread­sheets. When you ace a task that’s not her strong suit, she’ll look to you as some­one she needs and you’ll cre­ate a forum where you can eas­ily shine.” — Abby Ziff, dig­i­tal ad direc­tor of WebMD, Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

DON’T BE AFRAID TO DISAGREE. “Con­trary to pop­u­lar belief, bosses don’t want to be told they’re right all the time. So if every­one is agree­ing on a con­cept in a meet­ing but you have a gut feel­ing it’s not a smart deci­sion, speak up. It takes con­fi­dence, but if you some­times buck the sys­tem, you’ll be respected for it.” — Cathy Cor­man, CEO of CC Pro­duc­tions Inc., a tech sales com­pany, Hobo­ken, NJ

LEARN ITEVEN IF IT’S NOT IN THE JOB DESCRIPTION. “My job is to make sure the office runs smoothly — man­ag­ing my boss’ sched­ule, man­ning the phones. But I also make a point to learn about the sci­ence behind the prod­ucts and treat­ments we offer. These things aren’t applic­a­ble to my daily rou­tine, but my boss can always rely on me to answer client ques­tions on my own.” — Amy Knowles, office man­ager at Dr. Patty’s Den­tal Bou­tique, a cos­metic and gen­eral den­tistry spa, Fort Laud­erdale, FL

BE HONEST ABOUT YOUR EXPERTISE“If a task is beyond your level of expe­ri­ence, say so. Bosses just want their needs met, so if you can’t do some­thing, don’t pre­tend you can; it’ll only cause prob­lems down the road.” — Rose­mary Cam­posano, owner of Halo Blowdry Bar, San Fran­cisco, CA

EMBRACE CRITICISM. “If you get a luke­warm review, don’t get defen­sive. Instead, accept crit­i­cism grace­fully, thank your boss for her hon­esty, and ask how you can improve. After­ward, send her a follow-up e-mail recap­ping your goals, then ask if you can meet again in a few months to reassess your progress. When you put the boss’s advice into action, she’ll feel val­ued and you’ll have turned a poor review into a pos­i­tive one.” — Vanessa Vega, regional direc­tor for Quest Work­spaces, an exec­u­tive office suite retailer, Miami, FL

WHEN FORWARDING LINKS, ALWAYS INCLUDE USABLE IDEAS. “Don’t just cut and paste the link and write, ‘Check this out.’ Instead, sum­ma­rize what the story is about in one to two lines, then explain why you’re send­ing it by say­ing some­thing like, ‘Here’s what I think we should do with this infor­ma­tion’ or ‘It gave me an idea to do X, Y, and Z.’ Your boss will be more moti­vated to read it.” — Reema Ghody, direc­tor of prod­uct man­age­ment at HBO, New York, NY

GIVE CREDIT WHERE IT’S DUE. “When your boss com­pli­ments you on a job well done, give your cowork­ers credit if they helped by say­ing, ‘Thanks so much. I enjoyed the project. And Lisa was such an asset, as well.’ You’ll show your boss that you’re look­ing out for her entire team and not just your­self.” — Stacey Whe­lan, safety and inte­gra­tion team leader at Gen­eral Motors, Detroit, MI

YOU EXCEL WHEN THE BOSS DOES. “Your boss has a boss, too. So do what you can to make your direct super­vi­sor look impres­sive. If she’s prepar­ing for a meet­ing, help her with research and talk­ing points. Or, if her boss praises her for your idea, let her take the credit. Your boss will see you as an ally, and she’ll return the favor down the road.” — Ilona Ford­ham, pro­gram devel­op­ment man­ager at Jenny Craig, Carls­bad, CA

PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO PERSONAL DETAILS. “I always make a point to remem­ber not just the names of my boss’ spouse and chil­dren but also impor­tant dates and events for his fam­ily, or a book he’s read­ing or a movie he just saw. That way, I can ask informed ques­tions when we’re speak­ing, and he knows I pay atten­tion to details.” — Ayanna Man­cuso, asso­ciate strate­gist at Jack Mor­ton World­wide, a brand mar­ket­ing agency, Boston, MA


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