“Managing Upwards” on today’s #careerchat – What I said…

#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)
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