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What Does It Mean to Manage Up?

Definition: Manage Up

Annual performance reviews are right around the corner, so let's brush up on the boss's lingo to make sure we understand the feedback we're given. If your boss told you that you need to "manage up," would you know what she meant?

According to Rosanne Badowski, co-author of Managing Up: How to Forge an Effective Relationship With Those Above You, your boss wants you to "go above and beyond the tasks assigned to you so that you can enhance your manager's work." Helping your manager in this way makes you a greater asset and will make you more competitive for a promotion — managing up is a "help me help you" type of role, and it can certainly work in your favor.

Executive coach Mariette Edwards says there are a slew of steps you can take to show you are learning to manage up, including things like jumping in when needed; maintaining a good attitude no matter what; doing quality work; keeping your boss informed; building relationships; being a good follower when the situation dictates it. Get the gist?

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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well i think that this is really something that shows that you're interested in taking on more responsibility and that you're responsible. for myself - i've always tried to do this - take some of the tasks that my boss typically does and make them my own so that they see that i'm taking the necessary steps to get ahead.
brilliance13 brilliance13 8 years
so important in today's workplace. I wish I knew these skills when I first started out!
Frenched Frenched 8 years
I get the gist. Thanks for the tips! :)
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