Saturday, January 12, 2008


An excellent article written by Mr. Ross Bonander

I found this article exceptionally useful. It's replete with advice that applies in today's work environment and, more importantly, also applies in the larger context of interpersonal relations.

I'd like to add one point and it highlights the often-said and accurate observation that people don't leave jobsthey leave bad bosses. Relationships are two-way streets. While it's certainly possible for an employee to learn that his/her initially-charming boss is an actual ogre (or vice versa), most people are not jerks. The "bad-ness" of the boss, or the employee, is primarily one of perception and that perception is shaped by the behavior of the other person.

I described the implications of this perception in another article. Click here to read it. In it, I reiterate an observation borne out by organizational psychology, and that is, people typically judge others by their behavior but judge themselves by their intentions.

At any rate, this article
entitled, "Habits Bosses Love," by Ross Bonander, is worth reproducing in its entirety. Credit goes to Mr. Bonander and

Your boss has more to do than ensure that your work gets done accurately and on time; he has his own work to do and he has a boss who holds him accountable to that work as well as the work you do. When you deliver on, or before, deadlines and produce results, you contribute to the smooth, efficient workings of the office without drawing negative attention to yourself.

Accountability also means that you take responsibility for your failures as much as you would for your successes. To that end, this touches on one of the habits bosses hatemaking excuses. A boss understands that some situations are beyond anyone’s control, but the difference is made in how you react to those situations.

Accountable people don’t offer excusesperiod. Rather, they do what needs to be doneand that’s why accountability is one of the habits bosses love.

A maxim attributed to Roman dramatist Seneca the Younger suggests that luck or success is the outcome of preparation meeting opportunity. This sentiment can be found among an assortment of other quotes and proverbial sayings, giving it the credence of centuries.What does it mean, and how is it applicable? Any time that you’re scheduled to participate in a meeting, whether it’s as big as a conference or as small as a one-on-one with your boss, you should enter the situation armed to the teeth with as much pertinent information as you can find. By “pertinent” we mean relevant to that particular meeting, to your position in the company and to the industry as a whole. Habits bosses love come in many shapes and forms, but when he doesn’t have to hold your hand and explain new concepts or strategies to you, because you stay abreast of your position and industry, he’ll make you his star employee.Bosses appreciate employees who are prepared for a variety of reasons: it shows dedication, self-motivation and confidence -- three factors that happen to play a huge role in getting you promoted.

There are only so many hours in the workday, and your boss shouldn’t expect anything more out of you than to make the most of those hours. Efficiency is one of the many, and most important, habits bosses love. You would benefit greatly if you learn to maximize your time. You can learn this skill with a course in time management, where you will learn to comprehend the working difference between efficiency and effectiveness. Part of that difference is in taking the time to do those things well that require time, as opposed to simply ”getting them done.”

Working late does not necessarily give your boss the impression that you’re working hard. In fact, the more common perception is that you’re working with some degree of inefficiency. If you need extra time to get work done, you’ll make a better impression if you come to work early.

Staying currentin news, technologies and skill setsis always beneficial, but it is all the more urgent in today’s fast-paced business climate. Sign up for e-mail alerts and newsletters pertinent to your industry and keep an eye out for classes you can take to keep your skill set current. While a few professions require annual competency exams, the majority do not, and anyone can quickly become out-dated due to rapidly progressing technologies.Staying current is one of the habits bosses love because it shows him that you’re motivated, intelligent, interested, and self-confident. If you can suggest new and emerging ideas to apply to your current profession, you help keep your employer on the cutting edge, you make your boss look like a genius for hiring you, and you come out looking phenomenal in the process.
This is something of a catch-all category, one that can be achieved on some level by adopting all of the previously listed habits bosses love and striving o eliminate the hated ones. But it doesn’t end there. In trying to make the boss look good, you risk being perceived as an ass-kissera perception that won’t help you at any stage in the course of your career. In short, no one likes a suck-up, and no one has liked them since first meeting the teacher’s pet in grammar school. Bosses are not bound to find this behavior appealing because of the way it reflects on them, and for this same reason, they’re not likely to reward it. Therefore, learn to resist the urge to trumpet your successes. Rather, take satisfaction in the knowledge that these successes are scoring you points with the higher-ups, and that you’ll be rewarded accordingly.

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