Career Managing Up → The Right Mindset

Managing up is about consciously and deliberatively developing and maintaining effective relationships with supervisors, bosses, and other people above you in the chain of command.

Building and maintaining a successful working relationship with your boss requires communicating effectively .

Understanding the type of your boss is important so that you can adapt your communication and interaction style accordingly.

Stop Waiting for the Unicorn and Start Working Well with the Boss You Have

Stop complaining. Learn to adapt to your manager.

Your manager matters more than you for HR and higher management.

Your career matters more than your manager for yourself.

Your manager is not going to change his behaviors just for you. It's completely impossible to change any bosses' behaviors.

Each boss may be unique and there is no complete panacea. You have to combine multiple strategies.

Do not fall into the trap of “my boss should do this", "he should behave in this way". That will never happen with any boss.

It is your career that will suffer if you and your boss have a bad relationship.

Managing up is not about blind followership.

Almost all advices for each type are applicable for any types of manager however points mentioned in each are non-negotiable and must-dos for that type.

It's neither required to suck up nor required to be in rebellion. It's all about behaving in certain ways that benefit you and your boss.

Stop getting emotional at work.

Try to be objective and nonjudgemental.

Keep in mind that your boss has his own boss(es) to cater their needs and fulfill their satisfaction.

Only 1 out of 10 will work at the same workplace for entire life. It's important that we work in good terms with everyone at work for the relatively short period of our life.

Don't think too much. Get things down. Move on.

Only a very lucky set of people has chance to work under a perfect dream boss who is in align with their expectation, has mutual respects, positive influence and work atmospheres .

As long as you have managers in your career, you always have something to say about managers.

If you have prolonged repeatitive bad relationship with your manger, your career will be over in that work place. You must then learn about effective negotiation and communication skills.

No matter what the situation is, you're always free to choose how you react  to it.

After all, if management is forced into making more layoffs, they may choose to keep those who can handle their emotions, and work well under pressure. 

If you expect that anyone including your boss has to behave in a certain way for you to be happy, you'll always gonna be unhappy. Because the more people you have in your life, the more change they're gonna make.