Raise Your Visibility & Value: Having a Value Conversation with Your Boss – How Might She Respond?

There is no greater activity to begin the process of raising the value you create for your organization than a conversation with your boss about value creation. By approaching your boss and requesting a conversation regarding value creation, you are already raising your value in your organization. Yet, at the same time, this is not a conversation being held in organizations across the globe. Hence, when responding to your request, your boss may be:

  • Confused. Since value creation conversations are not yet common in organizations, your boss may be confused by your request or not understand your motives. To help reduce confusion, we’ll review some talking points in upcoming posts.
  • Surprised. Your boss may be surprised to see this new side of you! Talking about value is a feel-good exercise and the conversation can generate a lot of positive energy and excitement. Capitalize on your boss’s feeling of excitement and encourage her to join you in this important conversation.
  • Dismissive. Some bosses may not know what to do with this new topic. In ever-changing workplaces, it is easy to dismiss new topics or delay them until a later point in time. Don’t let your boss dismiss this topic too quickly; and, if she does, take the opportunity to bring it up again at a later date.


Ed’s new book, Raise Your Visibility & Value: Uncover the Lost Art of Connecting on the Job is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Please check it out and share the word!

Ed Evarts is the founder and president of Excellius Leadership Development, an organization focused on coaching mid- to senior- level leaders and their teams in business environments. With over twenty-five years of innovative leadership and management experience, Ed possesses the ability to build awareness, create action, and deliver results. Known for his business acumen, his ability to resolve complex human relations issues, and his enthusiastic, accessible and responsive style, Ed partners with managers, leaders and business teams to explore clarity and communication, and traverse conflict and change.