My observation that no one knows you better than you do doesn’t come from years of scientific study. It comes from more than a decade of working one on one with clients and helping them build self-awareness. When I ask my clients, “Who knows you best?” what do you think they say? It is always, always, the same answer: “I do.”
When you have a positive relationship with your boss, many wonderful and career-enhancing things are possible. Opportunities, praise, promotions, pay increases are just a few. Your life as an employee is easier, you have more impact, and you’re in a stronger position to drive your career forward. When I think of the benefits of having a positive relationship with your boss, I come up with an acronym that spells the word “help.”
Now that you have your value meeting scheduled with your boss, what are you going to say? Here are some suggested talking points to help keep you on track and to make sure you cover the most important areas.
Industry association memberships are work-related
An important mindset for you, your boss, and your organization is that your association membership is work-related. This is not an extracurricular activity. The benefits to you and your organization are compelling and numerous (see previous posts).
The head-spinning advances in technology, endless bottom-line financial pressures, and growing networks of global economies described earlier demand a need for superior performance and sustainable efficiencies. Organizations aspire to motivate their employees to be better, more productive, and more engaged. Leaders seek ways to create a common language behind which organizational goals and activities can align. What can replace the void that is being created by the slow demise of performance management systems?
The most important relationship you have at work is with your boss. While you may not be best friends with your boss, your boss should always speak about you in positive ways. In this video, listen and watch as Ed talks about this relationship and ways to improve upon it.
Raising your value in your organization is not easy. A great place to start is to create a value identification statement. This document allows you to catalog your current work efforts and also creates a platform for you to use during your conversation with your boss. In this video, listen and watch as Ed reviews an effectively designed value identification statement.
Raising your visibility and value is about being bold and taking steps that you may not normally take within your organization and industry.
To that end, I recently signed up to have myself video-taped during a presentation in Concord, New Hampshire, where I chatted about a number of leadership experiences and lessons I have learned from my clients.
In my practice of leadership coaching, I strive to be two things. I work to be experiential – learning from my own behaviors and the behaviors of my clients to help everyone with whom I work. Secondly, I work to be action-based. I believe progress comes from taking action and I work hard with my clients to move closer and closer to their goals.
I’d love to invite you to view the three videos that you can find on YouTube by clicking here. The topics you will find are:
- Strengthening Your Relationship with Your Boss
- Leaders Need to Show Empathy
- Ask the Million-Dollar Question
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