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Managing Up: How To Get The Most Out Of Your Supervisor Bethany Hargraves, Coordinator of Leadership Development Alissa Zimmerman, Community Director Senior.

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1 Managing Up: How To Get The Most Out Of Your Supervisor Bethany Hargraves, Coordinator of Leadership Development Alissa Zimmerman, Community Director Senior University of Arizona November 2013

2 What we hope you learn Relationships and Partnerships Tips and Tricks What Not To Do Break out Conclusion

3 Managing What it is ▫An opportunity for mutual growth ▫A relationship AND a partnership What it is not ▫Manipulation ▫A one-way street Your role in management relationships ▫Managing up – influencing without controlling

4 Relationship Having a good relationship with your supervisor ▫Keep your boss’ boss off your boss’ back! ▫Communication  Know how they like to be communicated with  Asking good questions  Understanding time, place and manner ▫Knowing your boss  Strengths and weaknesses  Professional goals  Stress signs ▫Being the one they don’t have to worry about  Getting things done  Getting along with others

5 Partnership Decide what your goal is – use your supervisor’s goal as a guide Work through your supervisor, not around them Presenting problems with solutions Never upstage See the big picture – think about your boss’s boss, and relationship dynamics that don’t include you but may impact your supervisor Create win-win situations

6 Tips and Tricks Get Noticed ▫Sitting to dominant hand ▫Volunteering ▫Keep up on timelines Sharing your opinion ▫Being honest, but appropriate ▫Think about audience ▫Think about language choices Get to know them as a person and professional ▫Knowing what they are trying to accomplish/goals

7 What not to do Their job Manipulate Dig for gossip Take on tasks you know nothing about Overcommit yourself to impress them Try to cover things up ▫Nothing is made better by lying about

8 Let’s talk Have you managed up in a positive way? What was that experience like? What did you learn from it? How did it help your boss? How did it help your department? What is one piece of advice you’d like to offer the room?

9 Questions ?

10 Sources Hight, C. (2012). The courage to manage up [PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from oup/the-courage-to-manage-pp. oup/the-courage-to-manage-pp Lewis, J. (2013). The 5 basic principles on managing up. W2WLink. Retrieved from Principles-Managing-artid136.aspx. Principles-Managing-artid136.aspx


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