Career Managing Up → Impulsives: Strategies






Try to see your boss's impulsivity as an energy that you can manage.

Appreciate the intention.

Reshape the energy. Wait for the storm to pass – don't respond to every whim and change.

Try to mirror your boss's mood.

Be excited about the things she is excited about, without going overboard.

Don't be a wet blanket on your boss's excitement.

Wait to bring in the facts.

Create guardrails so you don't go off the road.

Proactively discuss with your boss priorities and bandwidth.

Try to identify patterns and signs for your boss's impulsivity, then hedge your bets accordingly.

Recap, keep track, and triangulate with the team for clarity.