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4 Things Your Boss Doesn’t Do — And You Shouldn’t, Either

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Not all bosses are created equal. And, if you’re lucky, you’ll have an awesome boss throughout your professional career. Someone who leads by example and is active in your career development. Someone who ultimately wants to see you get promoted to a managerial position.

They’ll take you under their wing and show you everything you should know and do to successfully navigate your way through your career. But while they’ll show you what you should be doing, you can also learn from what they don’t do. (Click here to Tweet this idea.)

The following things will increase your productivity and establish you as an assertive, forward-thinking professional — just like your awesome boss:

1. Don’t drag out emails

Have you ever sent your boss a long-winded email, only to get a single-word response back? You’re not the only one. Attention spans are shrinking by the day. Everyone experiences content overload and skims through their morning news and weekly reports to get the information they need.

Emails are no different. Deleting excess words and getting right to the point is what managers do and expect. When emails are concise, it’s easier to understand the main objective and interpret exactly what’s being asked of the sender.

2. Don’t be afraid to push back

Your boss probably didn’t get to their current position by being passive. Somewhere throughout their career, they probably had to voice their opinion about the best way to implement a marketing strategy or give their feedback on how to improve inefficiencies.

One day, you may be tasked to complete a routine project you believe can be done differently, more efficiently or just better. It could involve pulling in an additional resource or approaching the project from a new angle. Whatever it may be, tactfully tell your boss what you’re thinking.

3. Don’t take “no” as “never”

Perseverance is as crucial to winning new business as it is to proving why you deserve a raise, promotion or other opportunities. In sales, managers are trained to overcome objections and not give up easily when they’re prospecting new clients. Not needing the product now doesn’t mean the prospect will never need it.

Being told “no” doesn’t always mean “end of story; get back to work” — and it shouldn’t be interpreted that way. Sometimes it means you’ve got to go back to the drawing board and re-strategize how to prove why you deserve to take the lead on that next big project.

4. Don’t forget about the competition

As technology and human behavior evolves, managers must think of ways to help companies keep up with the changing times and stay a step ahead of the competition.

Identifying ways to enhance your own skill set will continue to position you as a top candidate when new opportunities emerge. Whether that means creating your own blog to showcase your writing and creativity, or suggesting your company offer a workshop on public speaking, you’ve got to have a competitive advantage in today’s workforce.

What are some other things your boss doesn’t do that you can apply to your own career development?

Jaimee Ratliff is a PR Consultant and a culture enthusiast based in Houston, TX. She also likes to write about all things Generation Y. Follow her at @WhatJaiSays.

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  • http://www.linkedinprofilemastery.com/ Matt Schmidt

    Nice message with number one. Your boss has their own boss to answer to and needs information immediately. Hitting the main points and streamlining the email makes communication simpler.

    • Jaimee Ratliff

      You are spot on Matt. streamlining communication is the way to go. Another point I would add is also knowing when to pick up the phone to communicate something that may be too complex for email. Thanks for reading!

  • http://www.jugarjugar.net/ Jugar Jugar

    Excellent. These are the things I really did learn the lessons after the boss was being scolded. Actually spent many mistakes to be able to draw such things

    • Jaimee Ratliff

      Thank you for reading!

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  • CareerAddict

    I do agree with all of these statements however the 3rd point makes me a bit nervous. I believe in perseverance but there is a very thin line between an acceptable and non acceptable amount of it. Being pushy can be frowned upon greatly and it’s equally as important to understand when ‘no’ does in fact mean NO.

    • Jaimee Ratliff

      Good point. You simply have to know when to be persistent and when to move on.

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