How to Manage Up in the Top Down World of Business
By Roberta Chinsky Matuson President, Matuson Consulting | March 02, 2014
Human Resource executives are so busy helping others that they often forget to help themselves. How do I know this? Because way back in the day, I was one of you. If I could go back in time and do it all over again, I would devote a significant part of my day managing up.
Now before you go sending me hate mail, understand that managing up isn't about brown-nosing nor is it about becoming the boss's favorite. It's about learning how to work within the confines of an organization to get what you need, while helping your boss and the organization meet their objectives. It's about using influence and acting with integrity and purpose.
It may seem unnatural to manage those above you in the top-down world of business. But mastering this skill is exactly what you must do to excel in any organization. Managing Up is a skill that can be developed through practice. It's a skill that has to be fine tuned on a daily basis.
Here are some golden nuggets on how to manage up from my best selling book, Suddenly in Charge.
One of the keys to managing up is to not make it apparent that you are doing so. The only way to do this is to be authentic. If a recommendation that I'm offering doesn't feel right for you, then tweak it until it feels like something you can wear daily. Challenge yourself to improve every day and before you know it, you will be effortlessly managing up down and all around the organization.