Setting goals at work is important, and even more important is to include your boss in those plans!
Getting in alignment with your coach, manager or supervisor isn’t about planning ways to get praise or networking yourself for the next promotion, it’s about paying attention and communicating often so you can learn your leader’s working technique.
This will produce results for you and your team and show you can live up to yours and your boss’s expectations.
The more trust you and your coach have in each other the stronger your relationship will be.
However, you might find that your boss is trying to guide you rather then tell you what direction you should be headed with a task…
So what do you do if you are working with a coach who has a tough time being clear about expectations?
Prevention is your best medicine!
- Project expectations: When you are given a new assignment, make sure you and your coach write down the full extent of your estimated work and expectations. You need to know how you will be assessed and what the results that are anticipated.
- Present updates: It is up to you to make sure your coach knows how things are going. Give them enough information without overwhelming them with every detail. This will help your boss appreciate the requests they place on you, when they understand your work flow.
- Take the initiative: At the first sign of a problem you must communicate this to your coach. Not only do you need to advise them of the issue, but what you are doing to lessen or remove it. When you involve your boss in the solution, you will have more access to possible resolutions.
- Request assistance: If you and your coach don’t see eye to eye on a task evaluation, there is nothing wrong with seeking an impartial opinion. Someone else may help with perspective to see the assignment in a new light.
- Realign the strategy: If you are barely making it through a project, go back and discuss the probabilities for the future. By being upfront and professional with the only person who can help you solve it is your best bet.
Managing expectations with your superior is something you will have to do over and over again with every boss you have.
When you are proactive, you will decrease the difficulties placed on you that could make you unsuccessful.
It’s never good to be frustrated or stressed, so if you manage expectations with your boss from the beginning, although it may be tough, it will good for you, good for the team, and good for the organization.
How do you manage expectations with your leader?Dave Baney is the founder and CEO of 55 Questions, LLC and author of "The 3x5 Coach: A Practical Guide to Coaching Your Team for Greater Results and Happier People", which is now available in Paperback or a Kindle version at https://tinyurl.com/y8ecykfy
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