#CareerChat is a Twitter-based chat that happens every Tuesday at 1pm EDT/10am PDT. I try to make it whenever I can.
Here is what I had to say on today’s #careerchat topic, “Managing Upwards.”
- Making things happen is always a great way of “managing” everyone around you. Show results.
- Being a team player is nice, but it never pays to be on a team that is headed nowhere. Sometimes you have to break out.
- Much like any goal, look for problems and find a way to solve them. Your boss (and others) will usually appreciate that.
- Pilot the project, under the radar, so you have info/ammo to take to boss
- “Managing Up” is also a great test of your manager’s quality and security. Agressive reaction to initiative is a red flag.
- If you current company isn’t receptive to your good ideas, Perhaps their competitors would be more receptive?
- I always feel it is better to be agressive and take initiative and be fired, rather than keep my head down and be laid off.
- You are the only one who really cares about your career, so it is up to you to do what needs to be done to make it great.
- Hopefully what you do takes the form of something the benefits both you and your company, but if not, find another company
- Their loss, your gain. Working for a company that doesn’t allow you to build your career us a slow, painful decline
- Doing everything to avoid being fired means doing nothing for your career and yourself
- As Admiral Akbar said, “It’s a trap!” (LAUGH)