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Working With Your Manager: Leading From Within An Organization

Written by Ben Contillo

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Happy Holidays! Before you ravenously shred the wrapping from your gifts this season, take a few moments to appreciate the paper, ribbons, and boxes. Presentation goes a long way, both in gift-giving and in management. If you can’t find a way to pitch your ideas to your manager, even your greatest inspirations are likely to die on the vine. Knowing how to communicate with your manager and what motivates them is key to bridging the gap between a great idea and successful outcomes. Grovo’s latest curriculum, Working with Your Manager and Leadership within an Organization, gives you practical advice on how to present your insights or ideas so that your manager can see the same value in them that you do.

Speak your manager’s language

The key to presenting ideas is framing your pitch in a way that honors your manager’s preferences and speaks to their goals. For example, barging into your manager’s office demanding $500 in cash and a free flight to Paris will probably earn you a trip to HR. But if you were to explain that you found a conference in Paris that aligns with your professional development goals, you’ll have a conversation much more likely to get you to France. In “Understand Your Manager’s Communication Preferences” and “Perfect Your Pitch,” you’ll get practical tips on how to better understand your manager’s communication style, and how to tailor your message accordingly.

State your case constructively

Sometimes you and your manager will have a legitimate difference of opinion no matter how diplomatically you present your idea. Reacting by quietly growing more passive aggressive, while tempting, is not an effective strategy for improving at your job or remaining employed. Differences of opinion are part of every working relationship, and handled professionally, they can be constructive. In “Disagreeing Productively With Your Manager,” you’ll get advice on how to turn that rejection of your idea into a mutually rewarding exchange.

Solicit and use feedback

Getting and implementing good feedback is essential to professional development. It’s how you gauge and improve your work. It’s also an important part of the relationship between you and your manager. And if you’re not getting enough feedback to work with, it’s on you to seek it out.

Seeking Feedback Proactively” shows how you can solicit the tips and criticism that contribute to your professional growth, while “Use Feedback to Grow” helps you understand how to incorporate feedback towards constant improvement.