Have you ever wondered that subordinates can 'eat' your time unless you are careful enough?
Managing up is an art and science that gives you some elbow space to micro manage your boss. Consider the following:
1-Alway agree a time horizon for anything delegated to you
This way you can keep your boss away for a while and have space to work on your task from A-to-Z
2-Insist on daily briefs - or get them your way in an artistic way
Some bosses do hold a daily brief when they give out the 'orders' and off they go about their chores. But if they do not try to build a 'boss-moment' where you can speak about the work that needs to be done or what work is he expecting. You may offer the boss a mug of coffee the moment he pops in the office??? If it does not work send a 'morning-mail' with what you are working on as a bottom up brief asking for direction, guidance or instructions.
3-Organize work to pass it to your boss intelligently
In doing so you need to think about how important is the work you are delivering. This can be done electronically as well. So if you don't want last minute interruptions before you head home send your e-mails well before the last five minutes.
Companies used to be able to function with autocratic bosses. We don't live in that world anymore.
-Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Photo Credit - The Telegraph UK
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