Your ultimate career success as a leader depends on how well you build relationships with the people around you, and that most definitely includes your boss. Usually on this blog, we discuss relationships with employees, but today and for the next few posts, I want to switch it up a little; I want to talk about what you’re doing to build a solid relationship with your boss.
Here’s one thought — keep the boss informed. The worst thing is for the boss to hear “it” from someone else, particularly if it’s unpleasant information. Make it a habit to update the boss regularly, perhaps a coffee conversation every few days, or a quick email summary once a week. If it’s bad news, don’t put it off. Bad news is like bad food, the longer it sits the worse it tastes. Take a deep breath and get on with it. Continue reading